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Desmond Howard

Wide Receiver

Desmond Kevin Howard

Inducted 2010

Date of Birth



Cleveland, OH


University of Michigan (1989-1991)


The 1991 Heisman Trophy winner, Michigan’s Desmond Howard led the Big Ten in scoring while helping the Wolverines to three conference titles and two Rose Bowls during his time in Ann Arbor. That season, Howard was the nation’s most explosive all-purpose player. Nationally, he was second in scoring and punt returns, and tenth in receiving. During his prolific senior season, Howard was named a unanimous All-America, the Maxwell Award winner and Walter Camp Player of the Year. He finished his career with 134 receptions for 2,146 yards and 32 touchdowns and set the Michigan record for most touchdowns (23) and points (138) scored in a single-season. A three-year letterman, Howard was twice named an All-Big Ten first-team pick and set the Big Ten Conference single-season receiving touchdown record with 19. Drafted fourth overall in the 1992 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, Howard spent 11 seasons in the professional ranks. The Super Bowl XXXI Most Valuable Player, Howard led the Green Bay Packers over the New England Patriots after setting Super Bowl records for punt return yards (90) and total return yards (244) in a game. He also set the Super Bowl record for longest kick return (99). After retiring, Howard became a football analyst and volunteered for a variety of charities that serve the needs of children.


Height 5'9

Weight 176

Career Highlights

  • 1991 All-Conference
  • 1991 Camp Award winner
  • 1991 Conference MVP
  • 1991 Heisman Trophy winner
  • 1991 Maxwell Award winner
  • 1991 Unanimous All-America
  • 1990 All-Conference
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