ESPN college football anchor Desmond Howard underwent surgery on Monday and had a tumor successfully removed. The former Heisman Trophy winner posted an Instagram photo Monday with his middle finger up and a big smile, explaining that the surgery went well.
Howard is an anchor for the network’s Saturday morning flagship college football pre-game show. He joined the show in 2005 a few years after retiring from the NFL. He is a fixture on the program along with Rece Davis, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Pat McAfee.
There is a lot of Heisman hype surrounding Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett. And while Howard likes what he sees thus far, he has his doubts about the Bulldogs’ Heisman chances.
The 2022 Heisman finalists were announced on Monday night. It was a night of Heisman-related excitement for many people, but it was a bit of an anticlimax for some fans.
In an effort to celebrate the winners, ESPN held a special ceremony for the finalists and re-introduced the Heisman Trophy to the world. Howard is the host of the event and knows a thing or two about Heisman candidates, having won it himself in 1991 with Michigan.
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On the night of the ceremony, Howard was talking to Aidan Hutchinson, a candidate for the Heisman trophy who finished second in the voting. During the discussion, Hutchinson mentioned that he wanted to win the Heisman because of how it would help him beat Ohio State.
Tebow jokingly pointed out that separating Hutchinson from Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud was easier than putting Hutchinson on the field against Pitt.
There was some interesting back-and-forth on Twitter between Howard and former Ohio State star Cardale Jones after the 2022 Heisman finalists were revealed. The two had a heated exchange about the Heisman finalists, including whether or not the finalists were Heisman-worthy.
While the Heisman Trophy is a great way to honor the best college players, Howard is quick to point out that it’s not an award for every player. He also questioned the value of comparing Heisman candidates to one another. The former Michigan star also questioned if Stroud is even the best quarterback at his position.