Jordan Howard is an Alabama native who plays professional football in the National Football League (NFL). He currently plays as a running back for the Chicago Bears where he has been since the 2016 season following his draft pick in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft where he was also the 150th overall pick. This means that Jordan Howard was the 10th running back selected in the draft.
He has grown into an asset for the Bears, and this fact can be easily seen with his selection in the 2016 Pro Bowl as well as the Brian Piccolo Award he received in 2017 for his personality and performance.
Who Is Jordan Howard, The NFL Running Back?
Jordan was born on November 2nd, 1994. The Gardendale, Alabama born running back played high school football for his hometown high school, Gardendale High School. Jordan Howard was not a sought-after talent in high school by college football programs. He was rated quite low with scouting and recruiting analysis placing him as a two-star prospect. With such low consideration, he had to settle for the University of Alabama, Birmingham for his college education.
Howard made a much better impression on scouts and recruiters in college. Even though he played for two different colleges, University of Birmingham and Indiana University, his performances were considered impressive across both colleges to earn him a draft pick. At UAB, he finished second in yards per carry in Conference USA, after making impressive game feats like rushing 159 yards in one game. Howard, in his rookie season, finished with 881 rushing yards. He went further in his second season and finished with 1587 yards, finishing second again in Conference USA.
Howard transferred to Indiana for the 2015 season following the closure of the UAB football program. At Indiana, he continued the upward curve in his performances, finishing the season with 1213 yards and 9 touchdowns. In the 2015 season, he had a career-high of 238 yards in a game against Michigan.
After three seasons in college, Jordan declared himself eligible for the draft. He was one of the 24 running backs who got an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine, an event that evaluates players in order to increase their standing in the draft. Howard was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He was thereafter signed to a four year $2.58 million contract with a signing bonus of $248,022.
Upon joining the Bears, Howard was in competition for places with Jeremy Langford, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Ka’Deem Carey for the starting running back position. He started his professional career as the third running back for the Bears.
Howard made his professional debut against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second game of the season, returning three carries for 22 rushing yards and two receptions for nine yards. With the fortune of injury, Howard became the starting running back for the Bears and delivered a string of impressive performances. He was named the offensive player of the week after his third game. At the end of the regular season, he was the fifth rookie in the Bears history to post over 1000 rushing yards. He was also one of two Bears rookie players to be named to the 2017 Pro Bowl.
Despite a slow start in the 2017 season, Howard finished the season with 1122 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns with 23 receptions for 125 receiving yards. Over the course of the season, he beat his own career-high record with 167 rushing yards in a win over the Carolina Panthers.
Jordan Howard has continued the upward trend that characterized his college career and made himself into an efficient and productive running back. His NFL Career currently stands at 2613 rushing yards, 16 rushing touchdowns, and 62 receptions.
His Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Jordan is a big player. He stands at 6 feet 0 inches with a weight of 230 lb (104 kg). His athleticism and physical strength have helped him to cement his place as one of the leading running backs in the Chicago Bears team. When he’s not running and avoiding tackles, Jordan is a handsome man to look at with his well-chiseled body, black hair, and dark brown eyes.
We have looked at a whole lot of details on Jordan Howard’s life above, but one other fact you need to know is that he supports the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
He lost his father at the age of 13, and he has carried the loss with him into adulthood. Using his career and financial status, he actively supports the work of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.