Michigan’s Desmond Howard Leads 3 Big 10 Players into College Hall of Fame

He’s one of the most iconic players in Michigan Wolverines history. Make that college football history. Desmond Howard, the 1991 Heisman Trophy winner and 1997 Super Bowl MVP with the Green Bay Packers headlines the 2011 College Football Hall of Fame class.

Joining Howard at the enshrinement festival today were two fellow Big Ten players, Wisconsin Badgers Athletic Director Barry Alvarez, who played at Nebraska at served as an assistant at Notre Dame. It was his coaching accomplishments in Madison that earned him this accolade however.

Completing the B1G Ten troika was Purdue Boilermakers QB Mark Herrmann, the first quarterback to throw for 8,000 and then 9,000 yards in CFB history. (The game was very different 1977-80).

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NCAA College Football Fun Police Getting WAY Out of Control

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As we are currently deep in the heart of BCS bowl season, we’re witnessing a new college football protocol even more nonsensical than the BCS; the arbitrary and capricious enforcement of their “no fun league” rules.

Let’s start with the flagging of K-State wide receiver Adrian Hilburn in the Pinstripe Bowl. He was penalized for merely saluting the crowd. What if he had done this in the Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl, or the Northrup Grumman Military Bowl? Are you allowed to salute in one of the military-industrial complex bowls? This is the first bowl season featuring all three service academies. Would a referee dare penalize a player on Air Force, Navy or Army for a hallowed gesture of reverence and respect?

I hope not. But then again the NCAA is being extremely arbitrary and capricious here. In the same exact game, Tennessee QB Tyler Bray did the Brian Wilson-in-the-World Series style “throat slash” gesture to celebrate a touchdown. He was not flagged.

By Paul M. Banks

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Desmond Howard MCs Nike Uniform Unveiling in Cowboys Stadium (Videos)

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Last week, Nike took the evolution of college football uniforms another quantum leap forward. The world’s leading sportswear concern unveiled its next generation of Nike Pro Combat uniforms and cleats that top collegiate teams University of Oregon, Boise State University, and University of Florida are expected to wear as they take the field in this season’s upcoming bowl games.

NFL players Ndamukong Suh (Detroit Lions), Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers), Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City Chiefs), Felix Jones (Dallas Cowboys) and Steven Jackson (St. Louis Rams) were also on hand at iconic Cowboys Stadium (site of the next Super Bowl) to introduce the Nike Air Zoom Alpha Talon cleat and the 2011 Nike Pro Combat uniforms to several hundred guests and media.

“NIKE, Inc. is the leading, most innovative football company in the world and the top choice of football athletes at every level,” said Kris Aman, Vice President of Athletic Training. “Our success is based on creating breakthrough products and experiences unmatched in our industry, helping write the next chapter for Nike Football.”

The event was MCed by Michigan Wolverines icon Desmond Howard. The current ESPN analyst is one of only four players to win both the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP; Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett, and Marcus Allen are the others.) Howard was famous for his “Heisman pose” in his final regular season at UM.

By Paul M. Banks

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Desmond Howard’s College Football Hall of Fame Speech

 

Perhaps no college football Heisman winner is more iconic than the Michigan Wolverines Desmond Howard. Before going on to have a rather pedestrian NFL career (well he was voted the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXI and is the only special teams player to win the award. Making him one of only four players to win both the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP; Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett, and Marcus Allen are the others.) Howard was famous for his “Heisman pose” in his final regular season at UM.

In his 11 NFL seasons, including a few with both the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, 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 all-purpose yards.

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