Class of 2023
Super Bowl MVP
|Additional career statistics: Punt returns: 2-32; punting: 1-37; fumble reovery for TD: 1.|
1966 NFL – Green Bay Packers 34, Dallas Cowboys 27
- Howley started at left outside linebacker. He recorded five solo tackles.
- Howley started at left outside linebacker. He recorded one solo tackle, two assisted tackles and one pass defensed.
- Howley started at right outside linebacker. Gamebook not available for detailed stats.
1971 NFC – Dallas Cowboys 14, San Francisco 49ers 3
- Howley started at right outside linebacker. He recorded three solo tackles, one assisted tackle and two passes defensed.
1972 NFC – Washington Redskins 26, Dallas Cowboys 3
- Howley did not play.
1973 NFC – Minnesota Vikings 27, Dallas Cowboys 10
- Howley did not play.
Super Bowl V – Baltimore Colts 16, Dallas Cowboys 13
- Howley started at right outside linebacker. He recorded three solo tackles, one assisted tackle and two interceptions returned for 22 yards. He was named MVP of Super Bowl V.
Super Bowl VI – Dallas Cowboys 24, Miami Dolphins 3
- Howley started at right outside linebacker. He recorded two solo tackles, one fumble recovery, one pass defensed and one interception returned for 41 yards.
All-Pro: 1969 (HOF, NEA)
All-Pro Second Team: 1968 (PFWA) • 1969 (PFWA)
All-NFL: 1966 (AP, UPI, NEA) • 1967 (AP) • 1968 (AP, NEA, PW) • 1969 (AP, UPI, NEA, PW, NY) • 1970 (AP, PFWA, PW)
All-NFL Second Team: 1966 (NY) • 1967 (UPI, NEA, NY) • 1968 (UPI, NY) •
1970 (NEA) • 1971 (PFWA)
All-Eastern Conference: 1963 (SN) • 1967 (SN) • 1968 (SN) • 1969 (SN)
All-NFC: 1970 (AP, UPI, SN, PW)
All-NFC Second Team: 1971 (UPI)
(6) – 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972
IN THE NFL RECORD BOOK (at time of his retirement following 1973 season)
- [2nd] Longest Fumble Return – 97td (vs. Atlanta Falcons, Oct. 2, 1966)
- [1st] Most Interceptions, Career – 3 (2 games)
- [Tied for 1st] Most Interceptions, Game – 2 (Super Bowl V vs. Baltimore Colts)
Dallas Cowboys records held by Howley
(Records through the 1973 season, Howley’s final season with Dallas)
- [1st] Most Opponents’ Fumble Recovered, Career – 16 (1961-1973)
- [1st] Longest Fumble Return – 97td (vs. Atlanta Falcons, Oct. 2, 1966)
- [Tied for 3rd] Most Interceptions, Career – 24 (1961-1973)
- [1st] Longest Fumble Return – 44td (at Cleveland Browns, Dec. 21, 1968)
- [Tied for 1st] Most Opponents’ Fumble Returned for Touchdown, Career – 1 (1961-1973)
LEAGUE/TEAM STATISTICAL TITLES
Team statistical championships
Interception title: 1968
YEAR-BY-YEAR TEAM RECORDS
* Qualified for postseason in bold
Full name: Charles Louis Howley
Birthdate: June 28, 1936
Birthplace: Wheeling, West Virginia
High school: Warwood (Wheeling, West Virginia)
Pro career: 15 seasons, 180 games.
Drafted: First round (7th overall) in 1958 by Chicago Bears
Uniform number: 54
To my sister Robin and I, he was simply dad, the man who instilled in us the values that have shaped our lives. His legacy extends far beyond the records he set or the awards he earned. It lies in the hearts of all who have had the privilege of knowing him as a player, a father, or a friend. We thank God for granting him the skills that have made this moment possible.
We would also like to thank the following individuals and organizations that have supported dad throughout his career. To our grandparents, James and Mary Howley, who instilled in him the virtues that made him the person he is today. To our mom, Nancy, dad's staunchest supporter and biggest cheerleader throughout their now 65 years of marriage. She is the rock we all lean on.
To Warwood High School coach, Jim Foti and West Virginia University for providing dad with an environment to hone his skills. While he was at West Virginia University, dad was the only athlete in school history to letter in five varsity sports, and I think that record still holds today.
His greatest accomplishments were on the gridiron though where he excelled as a guard and a center for Coach Art "Pappy" Lewis.
To the Chicago Bears who selected dad in the first round of the 1958 draft giving him the opportunity to begin his NFL journey. To Clint Murchison, Jr., Gil Brandt, Tex Schramm, Coach Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys, our heartfelt thanks for acquiring dad from the Bears in 1961.
At the time he believed his football career was over, but their belief in his potential allowed him to make a remarkable comeback. Their willingness to take a chance on him enabled dad to reach new heights and fully realize his talent. In fact, Coach Landry once remarked, I don't know that I've seen anybody better at linebacker than Howley.
And to Jerry Jones and the entire Jones Family for continuing dad's legacy at the Star in Frisco and the AT&T Stadium.
To all the members of the selection committee, and notably John McClain, who eloquently presented dad to the senior player committee. To his Hall of Fame classmates who have warmly, warmly welcomed us, our family, into this amazing fellowship. I know dad is honored to be a part of this 2023 class.
To the Hall of Fame staff for their generous hospitality and support.
And to Mr. Bob Lilly for being dad's presenter today.
And to the Hall of Famers for believing that dad deserved to be included and welcoming him onto this immortal team.
Our family is truly honored to have this opportunity to represent our dad as he takes his rightful place among the immortals of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Since dad can't be here today, and I hope he's watching on television, and with that in mind, I have a special request for all of you out there. I would like to ask that we all give dad a shoutout. On the count of three we're going to yell, hello, Chuck. Okay, here goes.
One, two, three, hello, Chuck.
Thank you very much.