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Thomas Howard Killed in 100 MPH Car Crash: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Thomas Howard Dead Dies Died Death RIP Falcons Linebacker Dead

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Former Atlanta Falcons Linebacker Thomas Howard has been confirmed as one of those killed in car crash in Oakland, California on Monday November 18 at 12:50 a.m. Howard was one of two people who died in the accident, reports KRON-TV.

Howard was just 30 years old at the time of his death.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Howard Has Been Without a Team Since November 12

Thomas Howard Dead Dies Died Death RIP Falcons Linebacker Dead

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Howard last played for the Atlanta Falcons, he was cut by the team on November 12. He played twice for the Falcons this season. CBS Sports reports that he was cut to make room for Sean Weatherspoon.


2. Howard Was Travelling at 100 MPH When the Crash Happened

The accident happened on Highway 880, south of Fifth Avenue at 12:50 a.m. Howard is reported to have been driving at speeds of 100 mph when he collided with a semi-truck. He lost control of his BMW and spun across the median of the highway. The San Francisco Chronicle reported:

The BMW overturned, crossed the center median and ended up in the southbound lanes of I-880, where it hit a Chevrolet Monte Carlo and a Honda CRV before landing on its roof, Hill said.

The driver of the BMW and the driver of the Honda, a 65-year-old Hayward man, were killed, authorities said.

Howard tweeted that he was at a comedy show just an hour before his death:

KTVU reports that police are not ruling out alcohol as a factor in the crash. One of the comedians that hung out with Howard after the show, tweeted upon learning of the star’s death:


3. Howard Was Pronounced Dead at the Scene

Thomas Howard Dead Dies Died Death RIP Falcons Linebacker Dead

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Emergency responders were unable to get to Howard in time due to the extent of the damage and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle, the Honda, was also pronounced dead. It’s being reported that he was a 55-year-old man from Hayward, California. The crash caused the road, I880, to be closed for over five hours, reports CBS San Francisco.

Thomas Howard Dead Dies Died Death RIP Falcons Linebacker Dead

Howard was driving in a BMW 750 similar to this one shown here. (Wikipedia)


4. Howard Was a Texas Native

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Howard was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. He graduated from Lubbock Estacado High School. His father, Thomas Howard Sr., also played in the NFL, briefly as a linebacker for the Chiefs and the Rams.


5. He’s Been an NFL Star Since 2006

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He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2006 in the second round. Howard stayed with the Raiders until 2010, he spent two seasons with the Bengals in 2011-12 before signing with the Falcons for the 2013 season.

During his time with the Bengals he tore his ACL. His contract with Cincinnati was worth $6.5 million. He was a scholarship student at the University of El Paso.

In 2012, his attempts at home improvements were detailed by ESPN:

KRON reports:

Howard had 492 tackles, 6 sacks and 7 interceptions in his NFL career.

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