Dana Howard, an Illinois linebacker from 1991-1994, has been selected to the College Football Hall of Fame. Howard earned the 1994 Butkus Award, which is given annually to the best linebacker in the nation.
Howard enjoyed a decorated career with Illinois. He was a two-time First-Team All-American and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and finished his career with a 595 tackles all-time, which was a Big Ten record at the time.
He was an Illini captain as a senior in 1994, but he was a tackling machine throughout his career. He led the team in tackles four seasons in a row, and as a freshman set a program record with 20 tackles in a single game. Howard also ranks third in school history with eight career forced fumbles.
Howard was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 168th pick (fifth round) in the 1995 NFL Draft. He was out of the NFL after the 1999 season, having also spent time with the St. Louis Rams, the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles.