Where Are They Now - Dana Howard

Aug. 8, 2014

Dana Howard LB - 1991-1994

Where Are They Now
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» John Wright, Sr.

» Tim Simpson

» J.C. Caroline

» Ken Dilger

» Moe Gardner

» Mike Hopkins

» Mike Bellamy

» Dana Howard

» Brad Hopkins

» Kevin Hardy

» Jim Grabowski

» Simeon Rice

» Jeff George

» David Williams

» Dick Butkus

During the 1990s, Illinois football success was largely anchored by great defensive play, particularly the linebacker groups. Dana Howard help lead "Linebacker University" as a motivator and as a playmaker throughout his Illini career.

Over the span of four years, Howard was a tackling machine. He recorded at least 100 tackles in each of his four seasons with the Illini. Howard was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 and 1994 and was a two-time first team All-American in the same years. At the conclusion of his senior year, Howard became the first Illinois player to win the prestigious Dick Butkus award in 1994. In addition, he won the Jack Lambert award, given annually to the top collegiate linebacker. Howard is the all-time leading tackler in Fighting Illini history with 595 tackles.

Howard was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 1995 NFL Draft as the 168th overall pick. He eventually signed with the St. Louis Rams and played 16 games with the team as a rookie. The following season he signed with the Chicago Bears and played for a three-game span before injuring his hand in 1996. Howard concluded his professional career with the Amsterdam Admirals, an NFL Europe team, in 1999.

Today, Howard is the owner of Zoie LLC DBA Dana Howard Construction Company based in Belleville, Illinois. Howard is very active with current and former Illinois football players. He often visits Champaign to check on the Illini football team and provide inspiration in any way possible.