First thing I do when I wake up is drink water. From award-winning writing and photography to binge-ready videos to electric live events, GQ meets millions of modern men where they live, creating the moments that create conversations. We probably wouldn’t be doing this interview. [N/A] Better than a 4.60 Forty Yard Dash Time [N/A] Better than a 120 inch Broad Jump [N/A] Better than or equal to a 7.00 Three Cone Drill Time: Taller than five feet nine inches I like doing the Total Bar, too, where you're hanging in a pull-up position and then, depending on how strong your core is, you bring your knees or your legs straight up. Howard said he's been drinking a ton of water and getting a bunch of sleep ... and seemed optimistic he'd beat the virus in no time. It’s manuka honey, which is really the best honey for you. In the middle of the 1999 season, Howard was cut by the Packers after subpar performance and multiple injuries. I’m also big on drinking teas. If I don’t eat something, I’m big on juicing and smoothies. My thing is I know how and when to push myself. On July 16, 2011, Howard was inducted into the 2011 class of the College Football Hall of Fame.. All rights reserved. Oh, no doubt. Overall, Howard gained 12,155 all-purpose yards in his professional career. Howard's performance as a receiver was secondary to his skills as a punt and kick off returner throughout his 11-year career. That return was the game right there. I have a thermos that can accommodate loose teas. During the 1996 NFL postseason, Howard had a punt return for a touchdown in a game between the Packers and the San Francisco 49ers, and 46-yard punt return that set up another score. I jump rope, and I do an elliptical because a few years ago I had surgery on my meniscus, and at that point the doctor said, "Let's not run outside, especially on the concrete," because I would run like three to six miles. He is also currently the color commentator for Detroit Lions pre-season games on the Detroit Lions Television Network. LOOK: Usain Bolt ties NFL combine record in 40-yard dash at 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta And the retired Olympic sprinter did it in sneakers and sweatpants Those beliefs may have been a little premature. © 2020 Condé Nast. Water is the best thing to drink when you wake up. It opens at 5:30 A.M., so that’s as early I can work out. I think it was last season, we were up at Penn State, Penn State was playing Michigan and there was a sign that said something to the effect of, “Desmond’s such a homer that he helped write the Iliad.” It was really, really clever. I just wish I had better knowledge of more nutritional things earlier. Howard was a playmaker on the field and made many big-time plays throughout his time at Michigan. Jason Witten has run a 4.67 in the 40- yard dash. If you get that old mentality, you won't be able to run that sub-five flat 40. For my post-workout meal, I get this all-natural, organic almond butter, put it in a bowl with an organic banana, and I’ll smash them up. The Nutty Professor, however, at his puffed-up best would have a better chance of running a 40-yard dash in 4.2 seconds than Howard catching a pass in Super Bowl XXXI. Howard totaled a Super Bowl record 90 punt return yards and 154 kickoff return yards with one touchdown; his 244 all-purpose yards also tied a Super Bowl record. Howard played one season with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995, having been selected in the 1995 NFL expansion draft with the 55th pick. His 875 punt return yards were an NFL record, easily surpassing the old record of 692 yards set by Fulton Walker in 1985. (He guesses he could still run the 40 in a sub-5.0 time. Comparing his act to Muhammad Ali's taunting of opponents, Steve Rushin observed that although Howard's pose did not closely resemble that of the statue, "that looks more like the Heisman Trophy of our imagination than the Heisman trophy itself ... thousands of people must have instantly picked up some object and tried to do the same thing". Howard joined the Raiders after three years in Washington, one in Jacksonville and one in Green Bay. My go-to tea is probably this matcha tea that I make. 21 jersey was retired. "I feel good," Howard said, "but you have to take this very seriously because it's a tricky virus.". Data Provided By Jumping rope, speed bag, heavy bags. I’m not big on using a lot of cheeses because I had a borderline cholesterol issue before—but sometimes I may put a little feta or goat cheese in there. Desmond is just the latest notable name in college football to contract the virus ... Clemson superstar Trevor Lawrence announced a positive test Thursday and will miss the Tigers' weekend game against Boston College. No portion of this site may be reproduced without the express written permission of the Las Vegas Raiders. "It's that clear-your-throat cough if you've ever experienced that.". It’s just a good thing there’s not one near the house, you know what I’m saying? Pro-Football-Reference utilizes Official NFL data for current NFL seasons. I feel great. You would be impressed how fast I could go to sleep once I decide I'm going to go to sleep. I’ll eat that as a post-workout meal, or I’ll get egg whites. ©2020 by the Las Vegas Raiders.  He was signed by the Detroit Lions four days later, where he spent the rest of his career until his retirement after the 2002 season. I do 40 seconds real hard and 20 second back up, back down for a little bit, 20 seconds. I’ll sprinkle flax seeds and chia seeds in there. During his college career at the University of Michigan, Howard set or tied five NCAA and 12 Wolverines records. Howard was joined in the honor by Charles Woodson, Tom Harmon, and Anthony Carter. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. As a result, San Francisco ran down the field and recovered the kickoff, leading to a 49ers touchdown. The father of an Ohio State football player has responded to Desmond Howard… When I was a professional athlete, I felt this way: I’m competing against myself. In 2011, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. The interview has been edited and condensed. He appears as an in-studio personality and, in 2005, began traveling with Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, and Kirk Herbstreit to marquee matchup sites during the season for the pre-game show ESPN College Gameday. Howard later said that "all of a sudden, everyone was doing it"; many have imitated the act, including fellow athletes, celebrities, and Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Now, after GameDay—we’re on college campuses, and hey’ll let us use their facility most of the time to work out—I’ll watch the noon kick while I’m on the elliptical or the spin bike or whatever they have available. College football legend Desmond Howard has coronavirus ... and he says he IS experiencing symptoms. How much flax seed and chia seeds were you eating at Michigan? Currently, I’m doing a routine that one of my former strength and conditioning coaches developed for me. He called games for the NFL on Fox for one season with former ESPN colleague Carter Blackburn. Howard spent one season with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995 and then joined the Green Bay Packers the next season. We're excited.". That's a state of mind, and once you put that out there, then you're going to start to feel old. To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories.  Howard commented afterward, "Any time you have your name mentioned along with Gerald Ford, you've done something right. I just scramble that with sautéed mushrooms and spinach. I get up early no matter what time I go to bed. They’re like, “Who’s gonna eat that chia seeds? Desmond Howard. In his 11 NFL seasons, 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. ", During the 1991 season, after he became a Heisman contender, Howard decided that he would do "something special" during the Ohio State-Michigan game "as a little shout-out to the people back in Ohio". 1991 Big Ten Football-Greatest Moments-Desmond Howard Punt Return Heisman Pose!! Or write about sports? Exactly. Howard led the Big Ten in scoring during the 1991 season with 138 points. I call it adult baby food. Like it or not, everything we are doing at this moment in time can best be described as trying our best and hoping for the same. He met with Michigan counselor Greg Harden, who helped him to build his confidence and achieve success on and off the field. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, Download the TMZ App on the Apple App Store, Download the TMZ App on the Google Play Store. Michigan He's been great all year, and he was great again today." He played in college for the Michigan Wolverines from 1989 to 1991 and won the Heisman Trophy in 1991. You know what I mean? Howard was known mostly as a return specialist but also played wide receiver.
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