College Football analyst and former wide receiver Desmond Howard has signed a new multiyear contract with ESPN to continue contributing to College GameDay. Howard has been part of the show since 2005. He’s also been a frequent contributor to ESPN’s daily, weekday news and information show – College Football Live, in addition to calling select mid-week games during the season.
“The name Desmond Howard is synonymous with college football,” said Lee Fitting, ESPN senior coordinating producer. “Desmond has been a key part of our College GameDay family for over 10 years, and will be into the foreseeable future. Desmond has established himself as a respected analyst, and know he is going to continue to deliver honest and thoughtful opinions elevating our college football coverage.”
“I am both excited and reflective as I embark upon my 13th season with ESPN,” said Howard. “When I transitioned from playing the game to talking about it for a living, I could not have landed on a better team than College GameDay, where I’ve been fortunate to learn from and grow with some of the very best in this industry.”
During his playing days, Howard was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXI (1997) and a Pro Bowl selection (2000). He spent 11 seasons in the NFL, playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions. He also excelled as a college football player at Michigan (1988-1991), winning the 1991 Heisman Trophy award and setting 12 single-season Wolverines records.
Michigan officially retired Howard’s No. 21 in 2015. He was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.