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Greatest punt return ever! Desmond Howard Heisman Pose
Greatest punt return ever! Desmond Howard Heisman Pose
Published: 2013/08/29
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#18: Desmond Howard's 99-yard Kick Return in Super Bowl XXXI | Top 50 Clutch Super Bowl Plays
Published: 2016/01/29
Channel: NFL
Desmond Howard tribute
Desmond Howard tribute
Published: 2015/02/13
Channel: WolverineHistorian
Desmond Howard: Michigan Football Legend
Desmond Howard: Michigan Football Legend
Published: 2011/09/11
Channel: Michigan Athletics
#29: Desmond Howard Super Bowl XXXI Highlights  | Top 50 Super Bowl Performances | NFL
#29: Desmond Howard Super Bowl XXXI Highlights | Top 50 Super Bowl Performances | NFL
Published: 2016/01/10
Channel: NFL
Desmond Howard & Charles Woodson - punt returns against Ohio State
Desmond Howard & Charles Woodson - punt returns against Ohio State
Published: 2009/02/03
Channel: WolverineHistorian
Paul Finebaum owned, educated & ignored by Desmond Howard & GD cast
Paul Finebaum owned, educated & ignored by Desmond Howard & GD cast
Published: 2015/09/09
Channel: Single Shot
Desmond Howard on Conan (1997-01-30)
Desmond Howard on Conan (1997-01-30)
Published: 2012/11/17
Channel: Late Night With Conan O'Brien
Notre Dame vs Michigan 1991 Desmond Howard "The Catch"
Notre Dame vs Michigan 1991 Desmond Howard "The Catch"
Published: 2014/09/06
Channel: Maize N Blue Nation
Desmond Howard talks about why he chose the University of Michigan - 11/25/15
Desmond Howard talks about why he chose the University of Michigan - 11/25/15
Published: 2015/11/25
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
Michigan
Michigan's Desmond Howard awarded the 1991 Heisman Trophy
Published: 2015/11/24
Channel: Heisman Trophy
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Desmond Howard's Speech - 9/10/2011
Published: 2011/09/11
Channel: pavese
1999 Redskins Plays from Loss 5 at Detroit Lions
1999 Redskins Plays from Loss 5 at Detroit Lions
Published: 2013/01/04
Channel: Travis Bickel
Barstool Pizza Review - Bearno
Barstool Pizza Review - Bearno's Pizza With Special Guest Desmond Howard (Bonus Lil' Lamar Jackson)
Published: 2017/09/16
Channel: Barstool Sports
Desmond Howard Ride Along
Desmond Howard Ride Along
Published: 2014/10/27
Channel: UPS
Hello Heisman (Michigan vs. Ohio St.
Hello Heisman (Michigan vs. Ohio St. '91)
Published: 2006/04/10
Channel: bguman
Desmond Howard: The Catch
Desmond Howard: The Catch
Published: 2006/09/29
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Desmond Howard isn
Desmond Howard isn't high on FSU
Published: 2017/09/23
Channel: Single Shot
Louisiana: Green Bay Packer Fans Celebrate Superbowl Win - 1997
Louisiana: Green Bay Packer Fans Celebrate Superbowl Win - 1997
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: AP Archive
Desmond Howard
Desmond Howard's 1st reception 0001
Published: 2013/01/04
Channel: Travis Bickel
Desmond Howard (Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry)
Desmond Howard (Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry)
Published: 2011/11/11
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Dez Bryant vs. Desmond Howard
Dez Bryant vs. Desmond Howard
Published: 2010/08/04
Channel: Oklahoma State Athletics
Desmond Howard-Michigan Legend
Desmond Howard-Michigan Legend
Published: 2011/09/11
Channel: tpruss
1991: Michigan vs. ND - Desmond
1991: Michigan vs. ND - Desmond's 4th down catch
Published: 2008/08/09
Channel: WolverineHistorian
Desmond Howard - 1996 vs Dallas
Desmond Howard - 1996 vs Dallas
Published: 2015/08/22
Channel: Hugh Mikes
Classic Moments #2 Desmond Howard "Hello Heisman"
Classic Moments #2 Desmond Howard "Hello Heisman"
Published: 2013/09/24
Channel: technerd1994
Desmond Howard Highlights
Desmond Howard Highlights
Published: 2012/09/22
Channel: Vinayak Swaroop
Desmond Howard
Desmond Howard
Published: 2016/11/25
Channel: theOzonedotnet
Desmond Howard - Beaver Juice
Desmond Howard - Beaver Juice
Published: 2012/09/29
Channel: 662chillin
Heisman Trophy Winner Desmond Howard Talks Michigan @ Ohio State Rivalry & More - 11/23/16
Heisman Trophy Winner Desmond Howard Talks Michigan @ Ohio State Rivalry & More - 11/23/16
Published: 2016/11/23
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
NCAA Football 13 - Heisman Challenge Ft. Desmond Howard Ep.1 Week 1
NCAA Football 13 - Heisman Challenge Ft. Desmond Howard Ep.1 Week 1
Published: 2012/07/14
Channel: AntoDaBoss
Vote for "My Heisman" - Desmond Howard
Vote for "My Heisman" - Desmond Howard
Published: 2012/03/12
Channel: EA SPORTS
Desmond Howard on Miami Scandal: 9/8/11
Desmond Howard on Miami Scandal: 9/8/11
Published: 2011/09/08
Channel: WXYZ-TV Detroit | Channel 7
College GameDay analyst Desmond Howard talks about Leonard Fournette
College GameDay analyst Desmond Howard talks about Leonard Fournette's Heisman pose
Published: 2014/10/24
Channel: Tiger Rag
GameDay crew makes ACC picks
GameDay crew makes ACC picks
Published: 2017/08/27
Channel: Single Shot
Desmond Howard Highlight Film - 9/10/2011
Desmond Howard Highlight Film - 9/10/2011
Published: 2011/09/11
Channel: pavese
Desmond Howard Calls The RES To Talk Jim Harbaugh - 12/30/14
Desmond Howard Calls The RES To Talk Jim Harbaugh - 12/30/14
Published: 2014/12/30
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
Desmond Howard
Desmond Howard's catch v. Minnesota, 1990
Published: 2006/10/01
Channel: parkinggod
Former Oakland Raider Desmond Howard Talks Working for ESPN, Super Fans and Weighs-In on Pop-Culture
Former Oakland Raider Desmond Howard Talks Working for ESPN, Super Fans and Weighs-In on Pop-Culture
Published: 2014/02/06
Channel: SwaysUniverse
Desmond Howard talks Michigan-MSU
Desmond Howard talks Michigan-MSU
Published: 2015/10/16
Channel: maizeandbluenews
Former Heisman Trophy Winner Desmond Howard on The Rich Eisen Show - 11/25/15
Former Heisman Trophy Winner Desmond Howard on The Rich Eisen Show - 11/25/15
Published: 2015/11/25
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
Desmond Howard Honored
Desmond Howard Honored
Published: 2011/11/05
Channel: dabest311
A Tribute to Desmond Howard
A Tribute to Desmond Howard
Published: 2015/11/29
Channel: Grover Delorenzo
Desmond Howard Interview: September 19, 2014
Desmond Howard Interview: September 19, 2014
Published: 2014/09/19
Channel: Florida State Seminoles
Don West - Desmond Howard Autographed Football, Part 1
Don West - Desmond Howard Autographed Football, Part 1
Published: 2007/12/04
Channel: McP485
NCAA Football 13 - Heisman Challenge Ft. Desmond Howard Ep.4 Week 7-9
NCAA Football 13 - Heisman Challenge Ft. Desmond Howard Ep.4 Week 7-9
Published: 2012/07/25
Channel: AntoDaBoss
Desmond Howard disguises himself from Ohio State fans
Desmond Howard disguises himself from Ohio State fans
Published: 2015/11/21
Channel: Michael Masterson
TigerNet.com - Desmond Howard previews Clemson and Louisville
TigerNet.com - Desmond Howard previews Clemson and Louisville
Published: 2016/09/30
Channel: Tigernetdotcom
Desmond Howard on College GameDay
Desmond Howard on College GameDay's visit to UW
Published: 2013/10/11
Channel: TNTCaple
2017 Mike Ballard Training w/ Desmond Howard
2017 Mike Ballard Training w/ Desmond Howard
Published: 2015/08/01
Channel: Michael Ballard
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Desmond Howard
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Howard in Austin, Texas
No. 80, 81, 82, 18
Position: Return Specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-05-15) May 15, 1970 (age 47)
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school: Cleveland (OH) St. Joseph
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total return yards: 10,854
Receiving yards: 1,597
Total touchdowns: 17
Player stats at NFL.com
Chris Fowler and Desmond Howard conducting post-game coverage for College GameDay

Desmond Kevin Howard (born May 15, 1970) is a former National Football League (NFL) player. Howard was known mostly as a return specialist but also played wide receiver. He is currently a college football analyst for ESPN.

He played football for the University of Michigan from 1989 to 1991 and won the Heisman Trophy in 1991. He played professional football in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins (1992–1994), Jacksonville Jaguars (1995), Green Bay Packers (1996, 1999), Oakland Raiders (1997–1998) and Detroit Lions (1999–2002). Howard was voted the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots and is the first and currently the only special teams player to win the award. He is one of only four players to win both the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP: Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett and Marcus Allen are the others. Howard was ranked the ninth greatest return specialist in NFL history by NFL Network's NFL Top 10 return aces. On July 16, 2011, Howard was inducted into the 2011 class of the College Football Hall of Fame.[1][2]

High school career

Howard was born in Cleveland, Ohio and earned All-American and All-Ohio honors as a tailback during his senior season at St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, Ohio, scoring 18 touchdowns with a record-breaking 5,392 rushing yards, as well as 10 interceptions on defense. He earned three varsity letters each in track and football, as well as one in basketball.

College career

During his college career at the University of Michigan, Howard set or tied five NCAA and 12 Michigan records. He also led the Big Ten Conference in scoring with 138 points during the 1991 season on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award, earning first-team All-American honors. Howard captured 85 percent of the first-place votes in balloting for the Heisman, the largest margin in history at that time. Howard also earned a bachelor's degree in communications in 1992. In 2011, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame[1] and he was honored as the inaugural Michigan Football Legend, a program honoring former players equivalent to a retired jersey number. Each Michigan player to wear Howard's No. 21 jersey was to wear a patch recognizing Howard, and dress at a locker bearing a plaque with his name and time of tenure at Michigan.[3]

Howard had come to Michigan as a tailback and initially struggled for playing time. He met with Michigan counselor Greg Harden, who helped him to build his confidence and achieve success on and off the field.[4] Howard told 60 Minutes in 2014: “If Greg Harden wasn’t at the University of Michigan…I don’t win the Heisman.” [5]

On December 12, 2014, the Big Ten Network included Howard on "The Mount Rushmore of Michigan Football", as chosen by online fan voting. Howard was joined in the honor by Charles Woodson, Tom Harmon, and Anthony Carter.

On November 28, 2015, Howard had his #21 officially retired along with Gerald Ford (48), Tom Harmon (98), Ron Kramer (87), Bennie Osterbaan (47) and Albert, Alvin and Whitey Wistert (11) at a ceremony before the Michigan game against Ohio State.[6] Howard commented afterward, "Any time you have your name mentioned along with Gerald Ford, you've done something right."

The Heisman pose

During the 1991 season, after he became a Heisman contender, Howard decided that he would do "something special" during the Michigan-Ohio State game "as a little shout-out to the people back in Ohio". After scoring in the game, in the end zone he wanted to do a backflip but, Howard later said, "chickened out"; instead he imitated the pose of the football player on the Heisman trophy, immediately receiving much media attention. Comparing his act to Muhammed Ali's taunting of opponents, Steve Rushin observed that although Howard's pose did not resemble the statue at all, "that looks more like the Heisman Trophy of our imagination than the Heisman trophy itself ... thousands of people must have instantly picked up some object and tried to do the same thing". Howard later said that "all of a sudden, everyone was doing it"; many have imitated the act, including fellow athletes, celebrities, and Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.[7]

Professional career

After college, Howard was selected by the Washington Redskins in the first round, fourth overall in the 1992 NFL Draft. The pick was considered a luxury for the Redskins, who had just won Super Bowl XXVI and had receivers Art Monk, Gary Clark, and Ricky Sanders on the roster. The Redskins, worried that the Green Bay Packers were going to draft Howard in the fifth spot, leapfrogged above them by dealing their two first-round picks - 6th and 28th - and their third-round choice (84th) to the Cincinnati Bengals for their first-round pick (4th) and their third-round pick (58th).[8] Howard was the highest Redskins draft pick since they took Hall of Fame receiver Charley Taylor with the third pick in 1964.[8] Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs remarked of Howard "This guy doesn't have any flaws. We're excited."[9]

Howard's performance as a receiver was secondary to his skills as a punt and kick off returner throughout his 11-year career. Though he recorded 92 receptions in his first four seasons, he excelled as a punt and kickoff returner throughout his career.

Howard played one season with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995, having been selected in the 1995 NFL expansion draft with the 55th pick. He had 26 receptions and one touchdown, with 10 kick returns.

His most notable professional season was in 1996 for the Green Bay Packers. He led the NFL in punt returns (58), punt return yards (875), punt return average (15.1), and punt return touchdowns (3), while gaining 460 kickoff return yards and catching 13 passes for 95 yards. His 875 punt return yards were an NFL record, easily surpassing the old record of 692 yards set by Fulton Walker in 1985. During the 1996 NFL postseason, Howard had a punt return for a touchdown in a game between the Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. The Packers reached Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots.

The Packers led 27–14 at halftime, but Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe led his team on a short drive that ended with Curtis Martin's 18-yard touchdown run to pull the Patriots within six late in the third quarter. With new life, the Patriots boomed the ensuing kickoff to the one-yard line, but Howard effectively shattered the Patriots' hopes for a comeback with a 99-yard kickoff return for a Packers touchdown. His return and the Packers' subsequent two-point conversion closed out the scoring of the game, and the Packers eventually won 35-21. Bill Parcells, the Patriots' head coach, commented after the game: "We had a lot of momentum, and our defense was playing better. But [Howard] made the big play. That return was the game right there. He's been great all year, and he was great again today." Howard totaled a Super Bowl record 90 punt return yards and 154 kickoff return yards with one touchdown; his 244 all-purpose yards also tied a Super Bowl record. His performance won him the Super Bowl MVP award, making Howard the only player to ever win the award based solely on a special teams performance.

Howard became a free agent after the season and signed with the Oakland Raiders. He led the NFL in kickoff returns (61) and kickoff return yards (1,381). Howard spent the 1998 football season with the Raiders before re-joining the Packers in 1999.

In the middle of the 1999 season, Howard was cut by the Packers after subpar performance and multiple injuries.[10] He was signed by the Detroit Lions four days later, where he spent the rest of his career until his retirement after the 2002 season. In a special homecoming, he scored a special teams touchdown in his Lions debut. In February 2001, he made his first and only Pro Bowl appearance as the NFC's kick returner.

Desmond Howard (left) on the set of ESPN's College GameDay in Austin, Texas

In his 11 NFL seasons, Howard caught 123 passes for 1,597 yards, rushed for 68 yards, returned 244 punts for 2,895 yards, and gained 7,595 yards returning 359 kickoffs. He also scored 15 touchdowns (7 receiving, 8 punt returns). Overall, Howard gained 12,155 all-purpose yards in his professional career.

NFL statistics

Receiving statistics[11]

Season Team Games Receiving Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Long TD 1st Fmb Fmb lost
1992 WSH 16 1 3 20 6.7 8 0 1 0 0
1993 WSH 16 5 23 286 12.4 27 0 17 0 0
1994 WSH 16 15 40 727 18.2 81 5 33 0 0
1995 JAX 13 6 26 276 10.6 24 1 15 0 0
1996 GB 16 0 13 95 7.3 12 0 4 1 0
1997 OAK 15 0 4 30 7.5 9 0 0 0 0
1998 OAK 15 1 2 16 8.0 10 0 2 0 0
2000 DET 15 0 2 14 7.0 10 0 0 0 0
2001 DET 14 1 10 133 13.3 36 1 5 0 0
Career 136 27 123 1,597 13.0 81 7 77 1 0

Returning statistics[11]

Year Team G PR PR yds PR TD FC Long PR KR KR yds KR TD Long KR
1992 WSH 16 6 84 1 3 55 22 462 0 42
1993 WSH 16 4 25 0 0 13 21 405 0 33
1995 JAX 13 24 246 0 8 40 10 178 0 24
1996 GB 16 58 875 3 16 92 22 460 0 40
1997 OAK 15 27 210 0 20 31 61 1,318 0 45
1998 OAK 15 45 541 2 13 75 49 1,040 0 42
1999 GB 8 12 93 0 7 20 19 364 0 31
1999 DET 5 6 115 1 3 68 15 298 1 35
2000 DET 15 31 457 1 24 95 57 1,401 0 70
2001 DET 14 22 201 0 19 34 57 1,446 0 91
2002 DET 7 9 48 0 5 14 26 587 0 70
Career 140 244 2,895 8 118 95 359 7,959 1 91

Broadcasting career

Howard currently works for ESPN as a college football analyst. He appears as an in-studio personality and, in 2005, began traveling with Rece Davis, Lee Corso, and Kirk Herbstreit to marquee matchup sites during the season for the pre-game show ESPN College Gameday.

He is also currently the color commentator for Detroit Lions pre-season games on the Detroit Lions Television Network. He called games for the NFL on Fox for one season with ESPN colleague Carter Blackburn.

NCAA Football 06

On May 6, 2005, EA Sports announced that Howard would be the cover athlete for its latest installment in the NCAA Football video game series, NCAA Football 06. The announcement was a departure for the series, which has traditionally featured college athletes who went to the NFL the previous year on its covers. He was chosen to highlight the new feature "Race for the Heisman," and his cover picture showed him striking his famous Heisman pose while at the University of Michigan.

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