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Bobby Howard #25

Advisory Team - BuccaneersFan.com

Player Spotlight....

Running Back

Born.... June 1, 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Brief.... Height 6'0" Weight 220lbs

College..... Indiana University

NFL Draft..... 1986 / Round: 12 | Pick: 325 Philadelphia Eagles

Buccaneers Career..... 1986 - 1988

Ended Career By..... Plan B Free Agent

Bobby Howard (born June 1, 1964) is a former American football running back who played two seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played college football at Indiana University under a full football scholarship after attending Tompkins High School in Savannah, Georgia. Was originally a 12th round pick of the Eagles in the 1986 NFL Draft, but was waived in mid-season and signed as a free agent by the Buccaneers in October of that year. Gained 47 of his career 210 yards in the opening-day blowout win over the Atlanta Falcons in 1987 and scored his only pro TD against the Saints in Vinny's first pro start. Was named President of the NFLPA - Atlanta chapter in 2017.

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Early life

Howard was the ?????? of ?????? children of FATHER and MOTHER Howard, raised and a nataive of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a youth, he was very active in various sports programs ranging from football to hokey, where he excelled in each as a star athlete. With an insatiable love for sports it would be football that would fuel his passion and afford him the opportunity to recieve a full football scholarship.

College Career

In 1982, Howard accepted the offer to attend Indiana University, where he studied business administration under a full football scholarship. Because of his outstanding athletic ability, he would later be drafted into the National Football League (NFL) and play professional football with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Professional career

Was originally a 12th round pick of the Eagles in the 1986 NFL Draft, but was waived in mid-season and signed as a free agent by the Buccaneers in October of that year. Gained 47 of his career 210 yards in the opening-day blowout win over the Atlanta Falcons in 1987 and scored his only pro TD against the Saints in Vinny's first pro start. Was named President of the NFLPA - Atlanta chapter in 2017.

Awards & Honors

2016.... Howard was inducted into the city of Pittsburgh HS Football Hall of Fame.

After Football

BuccaneersFan Founding Director William Rader, Buccaneer Bobby Howard, Associate Director Daniel Rader and Mark AtlBucs Goodman during 2017 Super Bowl party

In 1994, after suffering severe kidney disease, life as he knew it would change forever. Though the devil meant it for his bad, God would turn it around for his good. It was during this year that he received a life-changing, life-giving kidney transplant. Since then, Howard has dedicated his life to helping others who face life-threatening health challenges by leading collaborative efforts for LifeLink of Georgia, with local national coalitions and community partners. As Director of LifeLink of Georgia's Multicultural Donation Education Profram, Howard earned the Achievement Award for Outstanding Service and Dedication to the LifeLink mission.

Howard has faithfully served in the following capacities: President, Georgia Transplant Foundation, LifeLink Foundation Board of Governors, a board member of the United Network of Organ Sharing, and staying true to his passion, he served as a football coach to several high schools in the Atlanta Metro ares.

Howard serves as immediate past president of the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation and serves on the board of Donate Life America. He is President of the NFL Former Players Association, Atlanta Chapter and serves as NFL Heads-Up Football Ambassador for youth football. Also, Howard is a board member of the 100 Black Men of DeKalb County.

As an ambassador for life, Howard continues to be in high demand as a motivational speaker nationally and locally. He has been featured in major media outlets such as USA Today, Jet Magazine, The Travis Smiley Show, The Reverend Al Sharpton Show, The Ed Gordon Shows, TBN, Good Day Atlanta, Focus Atlanta, and Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting to name a few.

Bobby Howard was identified as one of six exceptional community leaders across the country by Coors Light and named Atlanta's Coors Light's Ice Cold Leader. Howard was awarded the Thomas F. Smith Leadership Award, Georgia Transplant Foundation and recently inducted into the city of Pittsburgh High School Hall of Fame.

Bobby Howard Buccaneers statistics
1986 1987 1988
Games Starts Games Starts Games Starts
8 2 12 0 1 0

Rushing
Season No. Yards Avg LG TD
1986 30 110 3.7 16 1
1987 30 100 3.3 31 1
TOTAL 60 210 3.5 31 2

Receiving
Season No. Yards Avg LG TD
1986 5 60 12.0 29 0
1987 10 123 12.3 45 0
TOTAL 15 183 12.2 45 0

Kick Returns
Season No. Yards Avg LG TD
1986 4 71 17.8 24 0
1987 1 5 5.0 5 0
TOTAL 5 76 15.2 24 0
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