21 Days: A Look Back at Heisman Trophy Winner Desmond Howard

August is moving right along quickly, which means we getting closer to the start of Michigan football. With only 21 days until the season opener, we continue the countdown and look back at one of the most talented football players and student-athletes to attend The University of Michigan. We are talking none other than the 1991 Heisman Trophy winner, Desmond Howard.

College
  • Played tailback and defensive back in high school, but switched to wide-out at Michigan.
  • He tallied 1000 yards in 1990 with 11 touchdowns and over 60 receptions.
  • He finished his career points with 222.
  • Broke the Big Ten and NCAA record for touchdowns(23) and points(138).
  • 1991 was the year for awards, as he won the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Consensus All-American, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year, and of course, the Heisman Trophy.
  • Helped Michigan win the Big Ten title in all three years of his career.
  • Only had one bowl win, which was the 1991 Gator Bowl over Ole Miss 35-3
  • In 2014, Big Ten Network named Desmond Howard to the Mount Rushmore of Michigan Football.
  • In 2015, Howard’s number was officially retired.
NFL
  • Howard was drafted forth overall in the 1992 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.
  • Won Super Bowl XXXI with the Green Bay Packers. Was also named Super Bowl XXXI MVP.
  • After nine seasons in the NFL, his final stat line was 136 games played, 123 receptions, 1,597 yards, and seven touchdowns.
  • Was named First Team All-Pro and NFL punt return leader for the 1996 season.
  • AFC Kickoff return yards leader in 1997.
  • Made the Pro Bowl and was placed on the NFL Alumni Special Teams Player of the Year in 2000.
  • He ended his career with the Detroit Lions in 2001.
Life After Football

Desmond has become a huge contributor to the success of ESPN’s College GameDay since his debut in 2005. He works along side of Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstriet, and Rece Davis as an analyst to preview the weekends biggest games and news stories surrounding college football.

Go Blue!

TWD Staff

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