Chuck Howley

#54 Chuck Howley

Dallas Cowboys Linebacker 1961-1973

Cowboys Legendary Linebacker Chuck Howley’s Bio

Date of birth: June 28, 1936
Birth Place: Wheeling, West Virginia
College: West Virginia
Draft 1958 / Round 1

Cowboys Linebacker Chuck Howley Career Highlights

  • Most Valuable Player Super Bowl V
  • 6-time All-Pro
  • 6-Time Pro Bowl
  • All-Eastern Conference Team 1963
  • 1 Super Bowl Title
  • 2 NFC Titles
  • 5 Eastern Conference Titles
  • Tied 2nd Dallas Franchise History Career Fumbles Recovered (16)
  • 3-Time All-Southern Conference West Virginia University
  • Southern Conference Athlete of the Year
  • 5-sport Letterman- Football, Track, Diving, Gymnastics, Wrestling

More info from DCA on Ring of Honor inductee Chuck Howley:

Chuck Howley attended West Virginia University where he was a five-sport letterman. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 1958 draft. Following what was thought to be a career ending knee injury he retired from the game in 1959.

Following a West Virginia Alumni game in which his knee stood up to the test, Howley decided to try pro football again. In 1963, the Bears traded his rights to the Dallas Cowboys for two future draft picks. Howley would go on to have a fourteen-year career with the team and become one of the greatest outside linebackers in Dallas Cowboys history.

Howley’s outstanding speed and agility would lead him to six Pro Bowls selections, two NFC Championship games and two Super Bowls, including the Cowboys first ever Super Bowl Championship. He also has the distinction of winning Super Bowl MVP honors while on the losing team.

In 1977, Chuck Howley was the fourth player in Cowboys franchise history inducted into the Ring of Honor.

 

Chuck Howley’s Career Stats

Defensive

Year Team G Int Yds TD Fum TD Tot TD
1958 ChiB 12 1 4 0 0 0 0
1959 ChiB 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
1961 Dal 13 1 5 0 0 0 0
1962 Dal 14 2 33 0 1 0 0
1963 Dal 14 2 3 0 1 0 0
1964 Dal 12 2 27 0 0 0 0
1965 Dal 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
1966 Dal 14 0 0 0 1 1 1
1967 Dal 14 1 28 1 1 0 1
1968 Dal 14 6 115 1 1 0 1
1969 Dal 14 2 37 0 1 0 0
1970 Dal 14 2 18 0 3 0 0
1971 Dal 14 5 122 0 3 0 0
1972 Dal 13 1 7 0 0 0 0
1973 Dal 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 180 25 399 2 14 1 3
*Official tackle and sack stats not tabulated until 1979.

Former Dallas Cowboy and Superbowl MVP Chuck Howley is dedicated to raising foundation bred quarter horses of high quality at his Happy Hollow Ranch. “We’d have a hard time operating without these versatile horses. In fact, we have our own broodmare herd which produces our ranch horses, plus top-quality horses that we offer For Sale to our customers.”

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