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Former UTEP, NFL football player killed in California crash

EL PASO, Texas KCBD in Lubbock reports that former UTEP football player Thomas Howard Jr. died Monday after a car accident in California.

Howard was a member of several National Football League teams, including the Oakland Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons. Howard was recently waived by the Falcons on Tuesday.

UTEP Director of Athletics Bob Stull released the following statement regarding Howards death:

"It is shocking and very sad. His story was inspiring. He came here as a walk-on defensive back and through hard work and dedication developed into one of the greatest linebackers in school history. He was enjoying a tremendous NFL career.

"More than anything, though, Thomas was a fine young man, personable and engaging. He always had a smile on his face. He returned to El Paso frequently and was always eager to give back to UTEP. He was a superb alum and friend of the university. It's just hard to believe that he's gone. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

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