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Desmond Howard

Former NFL Player; 1991 Heisman Trophy Recipient; College Football Analyst for ESPN

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Desmond Howard attended the University of Michigan, where he won the Heisman Trophy, given to the nation's most outstanding player, in 1991. Playing wide receiver, returning kicks, and returning punts, Howard scored 23 touchdowns in 11 regular-season games, including a Big Ten Conference-record 19 touchdown receptions. Howard was a member of four consecutive Big Ten championship teams at Michigan (1988-91), traveling to three Rose Bowls.

The moment which probably defined Howard's college career was his memorable touchdown-scoring 93-yard punt return against arch-rival Ohio State in 1991. Once he reached the end zone, Howard struck the now-famous "Heisman pose," thus causing ABC play-by-play commentator Keith Jackson to utter the line, "Hello, Heisman!" Since this moment, he has been credited with popularizing the "Heisman pose" as an on-field celebration for football players at all levels.

Howard later joined the crew on College GameDay on ESPN. His continued provocation of Ohio State Fans, particularly the singing of the Michigan Fight song on top of Ohio Stadium during a September 10th 2005 boardcast on The Ohio State University campus. This was presented with boos and later a boycott of ESPN in the Columbus, Ohio area, where what Howard did was seen as a desecration of the stadium.

After college, the Washington Redskins selected Howard in the first round, 4th overall in the 1992 NFL Draft. Howard's performance as a receiver was viewed by many as a disappointment, recording just 92 receptions in his first 4 seasons, and recording more then 30 receptions only once in his entire 11 season career. However, he excelled as a punt and kickoff returner on special teams.

His most notable professional season was in 1996 when he was playing for the Green Bay Packers. He he led the NFL in punt returns (58), punt return yards (870), punt return average(15.1), and punt return touchdowns(3), while also gaining 460 kickoff return yards and catching 13 passes for 95 yards. His 870 punt return yards were an NFL record. During the 1996 NFL post season, Howard contributed a punt return for a touchdown in a game between the Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. In addition to that game, Howard also helped the Packers to win Super Bowl XXXI with his 99-yard kickoff return touchdown stopped the Drew Bledsoe-led New England Patriots' hope for a comeback. He recorded a Super Bowl record 90 punt return yards, 154 kickoff return yards, and a touchdown, earning him the Super Bowl MVP honors. Howard was the first player to win the award solely based on his special teams performance. His 244 total yards also tied a Super Bowl record.

In his 11 NFL seasons, Howard caught 123 passes for 1,597 yards, rushed for 68 yards, returned 244 punts for 2,895 yards, and gained 7,595 yards returning 359 kickoffs. He also scored 15 touchdowns(7 receiving, 8 punt returns). Overall, Howard gained 12,155 total offensive yards.

On May 6, 2005, EA Sports announced that Howard would be the cover athlete for their latest installment in the NCAA Football video game series, NCAA Football 06. This announcement is a departure for the series, which has traditionally featured college athletes who went to the NFL the previous year on its covers.

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Desmond Howard

Former NFL Player; 1991 Heisman Trophy Recipient; College Football Analyst for ESPN

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Desmond Howard Biography

Desmond Howard attended the University of Michigan, where he won the Heisman Trophy, given to the nation's most outstanding player, in 1991. Playing wide receiver, returning kicks, and returning punts, Howard scored 23 touchdowns in 11 regular-season games, including a Big Ten Conference-record 19 touchdown receptions. Howard was a member of four consecutive Big Ten championship teams at Michigan (1988-91), traveling to three Rose Bowls.

The moment which probably defined Howard's college career was his memorable touchdown-scoring 93-yard punt return against arch-rival Ohio State in 1991. Once he reached the end zone, Howard struck the now-famous "Heisman pose," thus causing ABC play-by-play commentator Keith Jackson to utter the line, "Hello, Heisman!" Since this moment, he has been credited with popularizing the "Heisman pose" as an on-field celebration for football players at all levels.

Howard later joined the crew on College GameDay on ESPN. His continued provocation of Ohio State Fans, particularly the singing of the Michigan Fight song on top of Ohio Stadium during a September 10th 2005 boardcast on The Ohio State University campus. This was presented with boos and later a boycott of ESPN in the Columbus, Ohio area, where what Howard did was seen as a desecration of the stadium.

After college, the Washington Redskins selected Howard in the first round, 4th overall in the 1992 NFL Draft. Howard's performance as a receiver was viewed by many as a disappointment, recording just 92 receptions in his first 4 seasons, and recording more then 30 receptions only once in his entire 11 season career. However, he excelled as a punt and kickoff returner on special teams.

His most notable professional season was in 1996 when he was playing for the Green Bay Packers. He he led the NFL in punt returns (58), punt return yards (870), punt return average(15.1), and punt return touchdowns(3), while also gaining 460 kickoff return yards and catching 13 passes for 95 yards. His 870 punt return yards were an NFL record. During the 1996 NFL post season, Howard contributed a punt return for a touchdown in a game between the Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. In addition to that game, Howard also helped the Packers to win Super Bowl XXXI with his 99-yard kickoff return touchdown stopped the Drew Bledsoe-led New England Patriots' hope for a comeback. He recorded a Super Bowl record 90 punt return yards, 154 kickoff return yards, and a touchdown, earning him the Super Bowl MVP honors. Howard was the first player to win the award solely based on his special teams performance. His 244 total yards also tied a Super Bowl record.

In his 11 NFL seasons, Howard caught 123 passes for 1,597 yards, rushed for 68 yards, returned 244 punts for 2,895 yards, and gained 7,595 yards returning 359 kickoffs. He also scored 15 touchdowns(7 receiving, 8 punt returns). Overall, Howard gained 12,155 total offensive yards.

On May 6, 2005, EA Sports announced that Howard would be the cover athlete for their latest installment in the NCAA Football video game series, NCAA Football 06. This announcement is a departure for the series, which has traditionally featured college athletes who went to the NFL the previous year on its covers.

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  • How to book Desmond Howard?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Desmond Howard for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Desmond Howard, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Desmond Howard or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Desmond Howard?

    Booking fees for Desmond Howard, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Desmond Howard, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Desmond Howard?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Desmond Howard for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Desmond Howard for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Desmond Howard or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Desmond Howard or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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