Ex-Falcon Thomas Howard Dies in Fatal Car CrashSan Francisco’s KRON reported earlier today that ex-Atlanta Falcons linebacker Thomas Howard, 30, was killed early Monday morning in a fatal car crash. Howard was released by the Falcons last week in a roster move to clear room for Sean Weatherspoon’s return from injured reserve. Howard had been signed by the team in late October, and spent three weeks with them before being released.
Per KRON’s report, Howard was one of two victims in a high-speed crash on I-880 outside Oakland, CA that occurred shortly before 1 am PT according to the Contra Costa Times. Howard was reportedly heading northbound, driving in excess of 100 mph in his BMW when he lost control of his vehicle, struck a semi-truck and went over the center median into the southbound lanes. There he struck a Chevrolet sedan and a Honda CR-V. Both Howard and the elderly driver (conflicting reports indicate he was either 55 or 65 years old) of the Honda were killed and pronounced dead at the scene, while the 42-year old driver of the Chevrolet was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment.
Howard was a second-generation NFL player and entered the league as a second round pick with the Oakland Raiders in 2006. Howard played five seasons with the Raiders before signing with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011. Hiss father, Thomas Howard Sr., played nine seasons in the NFL in the late 1970s and 80s with the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals.