Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Desmond Howard

Desmond Howard


  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • School: Michigan
  • High School: St. Joseph HS (Cleveland, OH)
  • Years: 1989-1991
  • Inducted: 2010
  • Place of Birth: Cleveland, OH
  • Date of Birth: May 15, 1970
  • Jersey Number: 21
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 176

Member Biography

The 1991 Heisman Trophy winner, Michigan�s Desmond Howard lead 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 consensus 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.