Living the dream – Delano’s ride to the NFL

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Former Hart High Indian, Delano Howell, has received the invitation to play professional football for the Buffalo Bills.   All the hard work and effort from his youthful days of High School Football have payed off and he now joins the ranks of the world’s most elite athletes.

Howell has been dreaming of this day since he starting playing football his freshman year of high school.

“Ever since I began playing football freshman year at Hart highshool the goal was to always play in the NFL,” said Howell in an online interview.

Howell had a very productive career at Stanford in which he was recruited from high school as a runningback. Howell bounced around from position to position until he found a home at Safety. Howell totaled 196 tackles, 7 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles while showing his versatility in his early years at running back totaling 153 yards from scrimmage and 1 touchdown. Howell also returned kicks his freshman year totaling 284 yards.

College football for many is a time that many young athletes will cherish for the rest of their lives and Howell truly embraced everything and everyone at the University of Stanford. “The best thing about college football is the relationships you build. Camp after camp, win after win, and loss after loss with the same men year after year has instilled life-long bonds between myself and my teammates,” said Howell.

Through his time as a football player, Howell has attributed his play and his personality to his brothers, “I look up to my older brothers Keith and Daniel because they have always set a positive example for me,” explained Howell.

Howell is a man of faith and religion and says that what he is has done on and off the football field is attributed to his strong beliefs and passion he has for his religion.

After the NFL Draft hconcluded, Howell did not hear his name called, but that did not bother him. Minutes after the draft was over, Howell received several calls from many teams asking him about his services. Howell embraced the opportunity of being an un-drafted rookie free agent, “Having the opportunity to choose where I wanted to play was more than a blessing so ultimately I felt thankful.”

Teams from both the NFC and AFC had heavy interest in Howell, but it all came down to one choice: the Buffalo Bills.

Howell plans to continue to train and prepare himself for the rigors of NFL training not only physically, but mentally. “I am conditioning, lifting weights and watching film. I expect that rookie camp will be physically and mentally demanding so I want to make sure I am in the best shape possible,” Howell said.

Howell is already setting goals for his career in the NFL as he prepares to leave for camp soon. “I want to be a consistent contributor to team victories my rookie year and ultimately earn a starting position in the years to come after learning from the current veterans,” explained Howell.

Howell is very focused and has a detailed plan on how we would like to contribute to his new team in Buffalo. He also would like to have a similar playing style to that of current Baltimore Raven, Ed Reed.

As his young career is just about to start, it is never too early to start looking at life after football. “I am very interested in business and I would also like to train kids from my hometown who aspire to play collegiate football. My hometown has definitely blessed me in my journey and I would love to give back.”

Howell is currently in Stanford preparing to graduate. Howell is using every day to train for the Organized Team Activities in the upcoming week. Howell takes off for Buffalo in at the end of this week.

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