Audiences can expect to see Desmond Howard every fall for the foreseeable future on ESPN.
ESPN announced Tuesday that Howard had signed a new multi-year deal with the worldwide leader in sports. The terms of Howard’s new deal were not released, though Lee Fitting, ESPN senior coordinating producer, assured audiences Howard will be with the network for a long time thanks to the new deal.
The name Desmond Howard is synonymous with college football,” Fitting said. “Desmond has been a key part of our College GameDay family for over 10 years, and will be into the foreseeable future. Desmond has established himself as a respected analyst, and now he is going to continue to deliver honest and thoughtful opinions elevating our college football coverage.”
Howard’s College GameDay cohorts Rece Davis and Kirk Herbstreit agreed, with Davis saying Howard’s “honesty and candor resonates with fans and makes our show better.” Herbstreit said Howard “continues to grow as an analyst and works hard to be dialed in on the subject matters each week,” adding he was anticipating the next number of years with Howard.
Howard was upbeat as he discussed his new contract, praising his fellow broadcasters.
“I am both excited and reflective as I embark on my 13th season with ESPN,” Howard said. “When I transitioned from playing the game to talking about it for a living, I could not have landed on a better team than College GameDay, where I’ve been fortunate to learn from and grow with some of the very best in this industry.”
He added he was already anticipating the start of the 2017 college football season.
“Likewise, I consider myself lucky to be able to travel the country throughout the fall and be surrounded by so many die-hard college football fans who gather together to help us create a uniquely electric atmosphere every Saturday morning…Is it August yet?”
Howard’s football career reaches back to his time at The University of Michigan (1988 – 1991). He was the first receiver in Big 10 history to lead the conference in scoring, setting or tying five NCAA records and 12 single-season Michigan records.
He won the Heisman Trophy in 1991 by the second largest margin of victory in the trophy’s history at 85 percent of the vote. The same year Howard, who also earned All-American status during his college career, was also awarded the Walter Camp Trophy and the Maxwell Award.
Even after he finished his college career, the awards kept coming for Howard. He was inducted into the:
- Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame and the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005
- State of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2007
- University of Michigan Hall of Honor in 2008
- National Football Foundation College Football of Fame in 2010
- College Football Hall of Fame in 2011
Howard’s University of Michigan jersey was retired in 2015. His accolades kept coming during his professional career including being drafted to the Washington Redskins in 1992 before eventually playing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions.
He was named Super Bowl XXXI MVP in 1997 after returning 99-yard kickoff return that resulted in a touchdown. The honor, earned as a member of the Green Bay Packers, made Howard the first and only special teams player to be named a Super Bowl MVP.
After finishing his 11-season career, Howard made the move to television, joining ESPN in 2005.
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