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Carl Delano Howard, Jr. (born September 20, 1961) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New York Jets. He played college football at Rutgers University.

Carl Howard
No. 21, 25, 28
Position:Cornerback / Safety
Personal information
Born: (1961-09-20) September 20, 1961 (age 58)
Newark, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school:Irvington (NJ) Technical
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played:77
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Howard attended Irvington High School, where he practiced football, baseball and track.

He walked on at Rutgers University in 1980. He became a three-year starter at left cornerback and is mostly remembered for returning a blocked punt against the United States Military Academy for a 12-yard touchdown.

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

Howard was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 1984 NFL Draft. He was used as a backup cornerback and special teams, before being placed on the injured reserve list on November 20.[1] He was waived on September 2, 1985.[2]

Houston OilersEdit

On September 4, 1985, he was claimed off waivers by the Houston Oilers,[3] before being released on September 7.[4]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Howard was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 15, 1985.[5] He was mainly used in special teams, until being cut on November 12 to make room for Ricky Easmon.[6]

New York JetsEdit

On December 5, 1985, he signed as a free agent with the New York Jets.[7] After being waived on August 30, 1986,[8] he was later re-signed during the season and played in 10 games (3 starts). In the playoffs against the Cleveland Browns, he was involved in a late hit penalty on quarterback Bernie Kosar, that is cited by many observers as the turning point in the 20-23 overtime loss. Although Mark Gastineau received the penalty officially, Howard also hit the player.[9] He also had a 25-yard pass interference penalty in the game.[10]

In 1987, he started 9 games at right cornerback. He was waived on September 12, 1989, after giving up a 31-yard reception that set up the winning touchdown in the season opener. He was re-signed 7 days later.[11]

Howard was cut on August 27, 1990,[12] only to be re-signed on September 19.[13] He was released on October 10.[14]


  1. ^ "Deals". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "White will be Cowboys' starter". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Howard on waivers". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Bucs sign cornerback". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Bucs sign Gator rookie Easman". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Jets get down to 45 limit". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Sports Of The Times; The Mark Of a Dumb Penalty". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "Mark Gastineau described the New York Jets' collapse against..." Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "Jets place Miano on injured reserve". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  12. ^ "Deals". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Stargell Sets Sights On Playing". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2018.