Chuck Howley Football
February 5, 2012 by staff
Chuck Howley Football, Charles Louis “Chuck” Howley (born June 28, 1936, in Wheeling, West Virginia) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He spent his career with the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys.
Drafted out of West Virginia University by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 1958 NFL Draft, Howley played for the Bears for two seasons before retiring after what appeared to be a career-ending knee injury he sustained during the 1959 training camp in Rensselaer, Indiana.
When he decided to make a comeback in 1961 following a West Virginia alumni game, the Bears traded his rights to the Dallas Cowboys for a 2nd-round, along with 9th-round draft choice in the 1963 NFL Draft.
During his career, Howley intercepted 25 passes, returning them for 399 yards and two touchdowns. He finished with more than 100 yards in interception returns for both the 1968 and 1971 seasons.
He also recovered 18 fumbles, returning them for 191 yards and one touchdown. He is second in Cowboys’ history with his 17 fumbles recovered. His 97-yard return of a fumble during a game against the Atlanta Falcons on October 2, 1966 is still the second longest in Cowboys history.
Following retirement, Howley ran a successful uniform rental business in Dallas and is now involved in a foundation dedicated to breeding quarterhorses at Happy Hollow-located in Wills Point, Texas. His broodmare herd consists of more than 50 mares. Howley lives in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of north Dallas.
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