August 21, 2011 on ESPN
Howard to serve as Pure Michigan 400 Grand Marshal
Mich. — Famous for his Heisman pose, stopping
for a few pictures shouldn’t be a problem for the
Pure Michigan 400 grand marshal.
Desmond Howard, the former Heisman Trophy-winning University
of Michigan football star and current ESPN college football
analyst, will serve as grand marshal for the NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 on Aug. 21.
“He’s given college football fans excitement
throughout his career so it will be great to host a superstar
like Desmond Howard at Michigan International Speedway
and show him how exciting NASCAR is,” MIS President
Roger Curtis said. “Since his college days, Desmond
has been a huge supporter of the state of Michigan and
I know with the college football season just around the
corner, a lot of people in the garages will be excited
to have him here. He’s Pure Michigan.”
are thrilled to have Desmond Howard back in Michigan as
the grand marshal of the Pure Michigan 400,” said
George Zimmermann, Vice President for Travel Michigan,
a part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
“His successes on and off the field are inspirational
and we know fans will be excited to join him at the first-ever
Pure Michigan 400.”
at the University of Michigan, Howard’s acrobatic
catches made him one of the most electrifying players
ever to play the game. He became the first receiver in
Big Ten history to lead the conference in scoring as he
set or tied five NCAA records and 12 single-season Michigan
All-American won the Heisman by the second largest margin
of victory in the trophy’s history. He was also
awarded the Walter Camp Trophy and the Maxwell Award that
year before graduating from the University of Michigan
with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications.
played 11 seasons in the National Football League for
five teams, including two seasons with the Detroit Lions.
While playing for the Green Bay Packers, Howard was voted
the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXI and is the
first and only special teams player to win the award.
He is one of only four players to win both the Heisman
Trophy and Super Bowl MVP.
Howard’s post-professional football career achievements
include being elected in 2010 College Football Hall of
Fame and being inducted into the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame,
the University of Michigan Hall of Honor, State of Michigan
Sports Hall of Fame and Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.
Howard’s Collegiate Hall of Fame career will be
chronicled in the upcoming book, I Wore 21: The Legend
of Desmond Howard. The 190-page book, published by Champions
Press, LLC, features unique stories and hundreds of photos
never seen before from the Howard Family collection.
I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard is available by
pre-order online at MDen.com. Retail price for pre-orders
of the book are $21, and it will be sold for $20 in and
around Michigan Stadium on Sept. 10.
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and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Pure Michigan
400 on Aug. 21 are as low as $30 while supplies last.
or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to
take advantage of great pricing for 2011 events at MIS.
The ticket office is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday;
and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
As always, parking is free at MIS – and the track
allows coolers through the gates. Check the speedway’s
website for details.
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