Desmond Howard was one of the greatest return specialist in the history of both the NFL and College Football. Howard played for the University of Michigan from 1989 to 1991 winning the Heisman Trophy in his last season. Howard came to the school as a tailback but ended up playing wide receiver where he made a big impact in his sophomore and junior seasons. Howard caught 63 passes in 1990, for 1,025 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns. The following year, Howard was a touchdown machine for Michigan, scoring 23 touchdowns altogether, two of them rushing, two returning and 19 receiving with 1,859 all-purpose yards.
In a game against Ohio State University during the 1991 season, Howard made a Heisman pose after he scored a touchdown bringing more attention to his campaign for the award. Howard not only won the Heisman but also won Walter Camp Award and the Maxwell Award while being named player of the year by various publications. Following his amazing season, Howard declared for the NFL Draft and was selected by the Washington Redskins with the fourth overall pick. While he did make some impact as a receiver, Howard was primarily a return specialist in the NFL playing for the Redskins, Jaguars, Packers, Raiders and Lions. Howard eclipsed 1,000 kick return yards four times during his career and had his most notable season in 1996. As a member of the Packers, Howard set a new record for punt return yards with 875 and had three punt return touchdowns. Howard also returned a punt for a touchdown in a playoff game against the 49ers, yet his biggest touchdown came in the Super Bowl.
With the Patriots mounting a second half comeback following a touchdown that put them within six points, Howard returned their kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. That touchdown along with a Super Bowl record 90 punt return yards and 154 kick return yards won Howard the Super Bowl MVP. He is the only player in NFL history to win that award specifically for their work on special teams. Packers fans and Michigan fans can find amazing autographed memorabilia from Howard’s career that will look amazing on display in your homes. Every signed collectible from Howard comes guaranteed authentic and are sure to increase in value over time.
Collecting Desmond Howard Memorabilia