Steve Slaton was born January 4, 1986 in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. He is a running back for the Houston Texans.
High School Career:
Slaton attended Conwell-Egan Catholic School. He made varsity on the football team in his freshman year and he was also the MVP of the Philadelphia Catholic League and a four-year-all-conference selection. During his senior year, Slaton rushed for 1,836 yards and 26 TDs. As a junior and a senior, he was a first team all-state. During his high school career, Steve rushed for more than 6000 yards and 73 TDs. He passed up the opportunity to play in the Big 33 Football Classic. Steve Slaton was not only in football, but track as well.
Steve Slaton started his college career in 2005 playing for West Virginia. He was a 4th string running back. Not receiving any carries the first two games, he carried 11 times for 90 yards against Virginia Tech. He got his first career start and win against the Rutgers, rushing 139 yards and a TD. After the Mountaineers comeback in the second half of a scoreless game against Louisville, Slaton was name the Walter Camp, USA Today, Rivals.com, and Big East national player of the week. He rushed 188 yards on 31 carries and 5 rushing TDs for this game. In the 2005 Nokia Sugar Bowl, Slaton was named MVP for gaining 204 yards on 26 carries and scoring 3 TDs. With a starting position in 2006, Slaton received many awards for his outstanding performances. He was named as a semi-finalist for the 2006 Maxwell Award, a finalist for the 2006 Doak Walker Award, named the 2006 Scout.com Big East Offensive Player of the Year, finished 4th in the 2006 Heisman Trophy race, he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, just to name a few. In 2007, Slaton and the Mountaineers clinched the Big East Championship. Slaton finished the regular season with 1,053 yards on 210 carries and 17 touchdowns. He also had 25 receptions for 348 yards and a touchdown. In the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, Slaton left the game early due to a leg injury. Slaton passed on his senior year at West Virginia to enter the 2008 NFL Draft.
Slaton started his rookie season in 2008 when he was drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round draft. In July of 2008, the Texans signed Slaton to a multi-year contract. Slaton scored his first touchdown against the Titans with a 6 yard run, finishing the came with 18 carries and 116 yards. Following the game, Texans head coach, Gary Kubiak named him as the starting running back. Slaton’s performance against the Colts won him the NFL Rookie of the Week Award. He rushed 93 yards and 2 TDs on 16 carries. In his 14th week of play, Slaton was awarded the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. His 2009 season was not played as well as his rookie season. Slaton was a starting player at the start of the season, but after 4 fumbles in the first 4 games, he was temporarily benched during the 4th game allowing Ryan Moats to play. On November 8, 2009, Slaton was benched and replaced by Moats and on December 9, Steve was put on the Injured Reserve list due to a shoulder injury.