Desmond Howard

Inside Biography

Desmond Kevin Howard is a former NFL wide receiver, punt returner, and kickoff returner. Desmond is a noted former NFL player who was ranked the ninth Greatest Return Specialist in NFL History NFL Network’s NFL Top 10 Return Aces. Howard has led his team to the Super Bowl as well thus he has voted the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXI and is also the first and only special team’s player to win the award. Desmond Howard was inducted into the 2011 Cla s s of the College Football Hall of Fame due to his amazing abilities. Howard is one of the only four players to win both the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP.

Early Life And Education Of Desmond Howard

Born on May 15, 1970, in Cleveland, Ohio, Desmond Kevin Howard was excellent in the sports arena. Desmond, during his senior year at St. Joseph High School earned All-American and All-Ohio honors as a tailback scoring 18 touchdowns with a record-breaking 5392 rushing yards, as well as 10 interceptions of defense.

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Ultimately, Desmond earned three varsity letters each in track and football, as well as one in basketball. Later while in the University of Michigan, Desmond played football from1989-1991. His University wins were memorable. Desmond set or tied five NCAA and 12 Michigan records.

Then he led the Big Ten Conference in scoring with 138 points during the 1991 season and won the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award, earned first-team All American and All Ohio Honors.

Desmond Howard's Career 

In his professional career, Desmond played in the National Football League for the Washington Redskin from 1992 to 1994 and for a year he also played for Jacksonville Jaguars. But Desmond’s most notable professional season was with the Green Bay Packers in 1996. Desmond set straight an NFL record with his 875 punt return yards.

Due to this, the Green Bay Packers reached Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots. Desmond alone totaled a Super Bowl record of 90 punt return yards and 154 kickoff return yards with one touchdown which was his 244 all-purpose yards which also tied a Super Bowl record.

His phenomenal performance was much appreciated and as a result, Desmond earned a Super Bowl MVP award, making him the only player to ever win the award based solely on special team performance. Desmond played for the Green Bay Packers till 1999 after which he went to play for the Detroit Lions till 2002.

In 2000 Desmond led his team to the Pro Bowl as the NFC's kick returner and also the All-Pro.  Howard played extremely well in his 11 NFL seasons. Desmond caught 123 pa s ses for 1597 yards, rushed for 68 yards, returned 244 punts for 2895 yards, and gained 7295 yards returning 359 kickoffs.

Howard also scored 15 touchdowns which included 7 receiving and 8 punt returns. Desmond overall gained 12155 all-purpose yards. Later on July 16, 2011, Howard was inducted into the 2011 Cla s s of the College Football Hall of Fame. 

Desmond Howard's Net Worth and Salary

Desmond Howard who has a net worth of $14 million is currently working for ESPN as a college football analyst. Not only that, but Desmond Howard is also the color commentator for Detroit Lions pre-season games on the Detroit Lions Television Network.

Desmond Howard's Personal Life 

Desmond Howard married his girlfriend, Rebekah. Rebekah Howard is a licensed attorney and an accomplished public relations, marketing, and event management executive who has over 15 years of experience.

She is the co-owner of a full-service public relations firm specializing in a special event, media relations and public affair, which is South Florida-based, ImagePro, LLC. Rebekah Howard is also the Executive Director of The Tamika Huston Foundation for the Missing which is a non-profit Foundation.

This successful couple lives in Miami, Florida along with their three children.

Age, Body Measurements and Other Facts

  • Age: Desmond Howard is 49 years old as of 2019
  • Birth sign: Taurus
  • Height: His height is  5 feet 10 inches (1.78m).
  • Weight: He weighs 85 kg.
  • Body Measurements: As a player, he has maintained his body physically fit and in muscular type. 


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