Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Millard "Dixie" Howell

Millard "Dixie" Howell


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Alabama
  • High School: Hartford, AL (Geneva Co. HS)
  • Years: 1932-1934
  • Inducted: 1970
  • Place of Birth: Hartford, AL
  • Date of Birth: Nov 24, 1912
  • Place of Death: Hollywood, CA
  • Jersey Number: 54
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 164

Member Biography

One of the brightest stars that ever fell on Alabama was Dixie Howell, the throwing threat of the famed "Howell-to-Hutson" passing combination. He combined with Don Hutson in leading the Crimson Tide over Stanford in the 1935 Rose Bowl game. In scoring the Tide's first touchdown, Howell bolted over from the five, doing a complete somersault and landing on his feet to score. He added a 67-yard touchdown run and threw a TD pass to Hutson. Mark Kelly, a Los Angeles sportswriter wrote: " Open that page once more in The Book of Football Revelations and under these names - Dorais to Rockne, Wyman to Baston, Friedman to Oosterbaan - add to those HOWELL TO HUTSON. And let the last stay in capital letters because they should top the list." Howell accounted for 160 yards passing, 79 rushing, 74 on kick returns - a total of 313. He completed five passes to Hutson and two to Bear Bryant. Howell made an 80-yard run against Vanderbilt in 1932, had punts of 89, 83, 80 yards in 1933. Howell played one year with the Washington Redskins, 1937. He coached Arizona State 1937-41 with a 20-9-4 record and Idaho 1947-50 with a 13-20-1 record. His full name was Millard Fillmore Howell, named for the 13th president of the U.S. He was born in 1912 in Hartford, Alabama and died March 2, 1971, in Hollywood, California.