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Thomas Howard: Former NFL Player Killed In Car Crash At 30

Tue, November 19, 2013 7:37am EDT by 3 Comments
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How tragic. Thomas, a former linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons, was killed on Nov. 18 in a high-speed car crash. Read on for more details.

Thomas Howard, 30, passed away when his vehicle ran into the back of a semi-truck near Alameda, Calif., causing a huge highway collision — and had been cut from the Falcons a week before his crash.

Thomas Howard: Killed In A Car Crash

Thomas’ BMW was going about 100 mph, reported USA Today. He lost control of his vehicle and hit a semi-truck, which caused his BMW to fly across the median and hit a Chevrolet and Honda.

Thomas and the driver of the Honda, Zeng Long Liu, 64, immediately died at the scene on Interstate Highway 880.

Thomas was a bright and talented football player who was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2006 out of the University of Texas, El Paso. He played with the Raiders until 2010, and was then drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals for 2011 and 2012.

Thomas Howard: Released From Atlanta Falcons Before Death

Sadly, Thomas signed with the Falcons in October, and was cut from the team on Nov. 12 after playing only two games.  The reason for his release was to make room on the team for linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.

“It is shocking and very sad. His story was inspiring. He came here as a walk-on defensive back and through hard work and dedication developed into one of the greatest linebackers in school history. He was enjoying a tremendous NFL career,” Texas-El Paso athletics director Bob Stull said. “More than anything, though, Thomas was a fine young man, personable and engaging. He always had a smile on his face. He returned to El Paso frequently and was always eager to give back to UTEP. He was a superb alum and friend of the university. It’s just hard to believe that he’s gone. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Thomas’ family at this difficult time.

— Ivy Jacobson

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