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|Date of birth:July 14, 1983|
|Place of birth: Lubbock, Texas, U.S.|
|Date of death: November 18, 2013(aged 30)|
|Place of death: Oakland, California, U.S.|
|High school: Lubbock (TX) Estacado|
|NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38|
|Debuted in 2006 for the Oakland Raiders|
|Last played in 2013 for the Atlanta Falcons|
Career NFL statistics
Thomas Arquis Howard (July 14, 1983 – November 18, 2013) was an American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons. He played college football for the University of Texas at El Paso.
Thomas A. Howard began his college career as a walk-on at the University of Texas at El Paso and was then redshirted. He had a solid freshman season, being named to Sporting News All-WAC Freshman team. He played in 11 games and made 4 starts at weakside linebacker. The following season he played in 13 games and started 10 of them. He had a great junior season being named Second Team All-WAC and helping lead his team to their first bowl game since 2001. He had a mediocre senior season after being named pre-season defensive player of the year in the state of Texas.
He recorded 110 tackles, 88 solo tackles, and 1 pass deflection in 2006.
Howard's second season started off with an interception in each of his first 4 games, 2 of them which were returned for touchdowns. Since then he has also recorded a quarterback sack and 8 passes defensed. In only his second NFL season, Howard led the NFL in linebacker interceptions with 6 for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns. At the end of 2007, Howard had 95 tackles, 77 solo, 11 pass deflections, 6 interceptions, 1 sack, and 2 touchdowns.
Howard recorded his first career forced fumble during a week 2 victory against the division rival Kansas City Chiefs. He recorded a second during a week 16 victory against the Houston Texans. At the end of the 2008 season, Thomas Howard had 97 tackles, 80 solo, 5 pass deflections, 1 interception, 1 sack, and 2 forced fumbles.
While tallying a career low 79 tackles, 72 of which were solo, Howard still came away with a career high 2 sacks. He finished the season with 79 tackles, 72 solo, 6 pass deflections, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.
The Oakland Raiders waived him.
In the 2011 offseason, Thomas Howard signed a 2-year deal with the Bengals worth $6.5 million.
On September 13, 2012, Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the Bengals had placed linebacker Thomas Howard on injured reserve after tearing his ACL in practice.
In January 2010, Howard donated money to the Bay Area After-School All-Stars. The Bay Area After-School All-Stars is a program that provides free after school programming for underserved youth. The program currently serves 26 schools in San Jose and is looking to expand to more schools in the future. Students attend the program for four hours each day after school, doing their homework, creating art, and playing sports.
Howard launched the Thomas Howard Foundation in September 2009 to build partnerships and programs to enhance students' academic and athletic goals. The Foundation benefits youth who seek to excel in both education and organized sports activities. The signature scholarships and programs of the Thomas Howard Foundation include: The Annual Walk-On Scholarship; YFL Football Uniforms Scholarship Fund; the Are You Smarter than a 4th Grader program for school curriculum enhancement; and supporting the After-School All-Stars, providing programs that include academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health/fitness activities. Howard returned to his college town of El Paso for special programs honoring Walk-On athletes.
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- "Former UTEP Miner Thomas Howard to appear at El Paso event". El Paso Times. 03/07/2012.
- "Former NFL linebacker killed in horrific I-880 freeway crash". http://www.ktvu.com. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
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