Texas Tech didn't have far to go to find Thomas Howard. They found the speedster at Lubbock Dunbar just across town. As a senior, Howard posted the fastest national time in the 120 meter hurdles. Thomas also played football pretty well. He was named to the 1971 and 1972 All-State teams. During his junior season, Thomas made eleven straight tackles against Snyder and then recovered a fumble to seal the win.
Howard started all four years at Tech and was alleged to be the fastest player on the team, even at 6-2, 208 pounds. As freshman he was a pivotal member of "Carlen's Kids," a group of freshman that helped Texas Tech to an 11-1 record and 11th place finish in the Final AP ballot.
He made All-Conference as a defensive end during his sophomore season. As a senior he made All-Conference and 2nd Team All-American.
The Chiefs selected Howard in the third round of the 1977 NFL Draft, he played nine seasons in the NFL for Kansas City and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Happy Birthday to a Tech Great.