This summer, MËNAJI had the privilege of sitting down with NFL veteran Chris Houston – former player for the Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons – as he exclusively revealed his favorite style shortcuts, secrets, and much more.
Q: How did you start your career in the NFL?
A: Coming out of the University of Arkansas I was blessed to be drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 2007, and thereafter was honored to continue my career with the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers.
Q: What prompted you to leave pro football?
A: I was always excited for the next chapter in my life as I was playing football. Finally, I came to a juncture where these other interests were calling me. So in 2015 I decided to leave pro football, and once again, God blessed me with open doors of opportunity to start pursuing these other interests. Through planning and preparation, I was able to enter into in the entertainment industry, the real estate business, as well as mentoring children.
Q: So do you plan to “go home” so-to-speak? Where are you originally from?
A: Home for me is Austin, Texas so I will continue to plant my roots there as the city is rapidly expanding. In addition, as mentioned before, I have entered into real estate so both Austin and Atlanta are the two cities I am investing in and will travel between to start off.
Q: What are the other interests that prompted you to leave football?
A: Acting is a huge interest that prompted me to leave, because like football, it takes a lot of time, commitment, dedication and skill to be great. I already have an amazing acting coach and have been taking acting classes. This is allowing me to audition for major TV, Film, theater and web projects. Thus far I have worked on a project for Warner Brothers that I did for Spring Hill Entertainment, which is owned by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.
Q: How do you define your personal style?
A: That is a good question. It’s funny because I’ve been labeled a “pretty boy” by friends and family for my interest in fashion and style. But I consider myself to be a man with street style who is growing and is open to learning the various forms of fashion as I continue my journey in the entertainment industry- especially the business of fashion. Personally, I would define my style as relaxed, yet upscale. I also like styles that are sporty and when wearing suits, I like them to look laid-back. Grooming and accessories wise, I’ve never been into many products, but I do love to pamper myself and my mom.
Q: Which one of MENAJI products are you going to try?
A: I’m excited to try the Face & Body Scrub and ClearShave 3-in-1 Formula. I think that these products are a good start to keep my face fresh, especially now that I need to always be ready for that next acting opportunity or audition.
About Chris Houston
Chris Houston is a former American football cornerback who played in the National Football League (NFL). Houston played college football for the University of Arkansas, and was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Houston was also a member of the Detroit Lions and the Carolina Panthers. In 2015, Houston decided on early retirement from the is pro football career to pursue various entertainment and business endeavors. Currently, he is an actor, entering into fashion industry and is in the real estate business with current investments in Atlanta, GA and Austin, TX. Follow Houston on Instagram @_champ23 and for more information and booking contact [email protected].