Desmond Howard is a former professional football player who played in the NFL . Howard was known mostly as a return specialist but also played wide receiver. He played in college for the Michigan Wolverines from 1989 to 1991 and won the Heisman Trophy in 1991.
During his college career at the University of Michigan, Howard set or tied five NCAA and 12 Wolverines records. He also led the Big Ten Conference in scoring with 138 points during the 1991 season on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award, earning first-team All-American honors.
He played professionally in the NFL for the Washington Redskins (1992–1994), Jacksonville Jaguars (1995), Green Bay Packers (1996, 1999), Oakland Raiders (1997–1998) and Detroit Lions (1999–2002). Howard was voted the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXI, winning over the New England Patriots and he is the first and currently the only special teams player to win the award.
On July 16, 2011, Howard was inducted into the 2011 class of the College Football Hall of Fame.