Breaking News: Thomas Arquis Howard dies in fatal car crash
Thomas Arquis Howard, who was signed with the Atlanta Falcons in October and was released by them earlier this month in order for the team to sign Sean Weatherspoon, died this morning in an automobile accident. Police report that Howard was traveling north bond on Highway 880 going more than 100 mph when he lost control of his gray BMW 750Li sedan and crashed into the back of a semi-truck then going over the median into the southbound lane and hitting both a gray Honda CR-V and a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, killing himself and another individual the driver of the Honda, Zeng Long Liu, 64. Both people were pronounced dead at the scene.
Howard born July 14, 1983 began his college career with University of Texas at El Paso and in his junior season was named Second Team All-WAC. Howard played a hand in helping to lead his team to their first bowl game since 2001. In his senior year he was named pre-season defensive player of the year in the state of Texas. In 2006 Howard was the second round pick of the 2006 NFL Draft for the Oakland Raiders where in his rookie year had 110 tackles, 88 solo tackles, and 1 pass deflection. In 2007, Howard had 95 tackles, 77 solo, 11 pass deflections, 6 interceptions, 1 sack, and 2 touchdowns. In 2008, had 97 tackles, 80 solo, 5 pass deflections, 1 interception, 1 sack, and 2 forced fumbles. In 2009, 79 tackles, 72 solo, 6 pass deflections, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. In 2011, Howard signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in what was a 2-year deal worth $6.5 million however he was placed on the injured reserve list after tearing his ACL in practice in September 2012. Finally signing with the Atlanta Falcons in October, Howard was released just a short month later after only playing two games.
Thomas Howard was Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas was the father of two little girls. His father Howard Sr. was also an NFL linebacker who played for 9 seasons. Howard also 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 as well as launching the Thomas Howard Foundation for youth who seek to excel in both education and organized sports activities
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