Hello, Hall of Fame: Desmond Howard Inducted

Well, this should come as no surprise to anyone:

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Former University of Michigan football star Desmond Howard, the 1991 Heisman Trophy winner, was one of 14 individuals named as a 2010 inductee in the College Football Hall of Fame today (Thursday, May 27). The announcement was made at NASDAQ marketplace in New York City.

Howard is the only former Heisman Trophy winner in this year’s class of inductees. He is currently a college football analyst on ESPN’s College Football GameDay Show and works the Detroit Lions preseason football games as an analyst on the TV broadcasts.

Howard was a consensus All-American, Maxwell Award winner and the Walter Camp Player of the Year during the 1991 season. In addition, Howard became the first receiver in history to lead the Big Ten Conference in scoring and he set or tied five NCAA records and 12 single-season Michigan records during his senior year.

Howard finished his U-M career with 134 receptions for 2,146 yards and 32 touchdowns. He holds Michigan season records for most touchdowns (23) and points scored (138). Howard was a two-time All-Big Ten first team selection and still holds the conference record with 19 receiving touchdowns during the 1991 season. He graduated from Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications.

Howard parlayed his outstanding collegiate career into an 11-year professional football career. Selected by the Washington Redskins with the fourth overall pick of the 1992 NFL Draft, Howard also played with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions during his career. He became the first special teams player to be named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXI as a member of the Packers. His 99-yard kickoff return against the New England Patriots is a Super Bowl record and his 870 punt return yards in a single season remain an NFL best mark. Howard was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2000 while playing for the Lions.

Since concluding his playing career after the 2002 season, he has been inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame, the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame, the University of Michigan Hall of Honor and the State of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

Howard and his wife, Rebkah, reside in Miami, Fla. They have a daughter, Sydney, and twin boys, Dhamir and Desmond Jr.

Howard will be honored at the National Football Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010.

Congrats to Desmond, who is not only one of the greatest athletes to don a Michigan uniform, but also a man I’ve had the distinct pleasure of meeting and interviewing — he’s a great guy and a person who does a lot to give back to the University. I’d be remiss to not include a couple videos, in case you’ve somehow forgotten why he is Hall of Fame-worthy:


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