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Cardinal Capsule
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/01/2000

Willie Howard
Year: Senior
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6-4
Weight: 298
Hometown: Mountain View, CA
High School: Los Altos
Major: Communication
Career Highlights: Leader of Stanford's "Trench Dogs" ... Morris Trophy winner as the Pac-10's top defensive lineman and a First Team All-Pac-10 choice as a junior in 1999 ... Totaled 54 tackles and was second on the club with 10 sacks last season (#3 Pac-10) ... Led the club and ranked third in the conference with 19 tackles-for-loss ... An honorable mention All-Pac-10 choice as a sophomore with 53 tackles and 5.5 sacks ... Enters the 2000 season with 34 straight starts, including last season's Rose Bowl start despite ACL damage and an MCL sprain to his right knee.

NICKNAME
I'm the "Big Dog."

FAVORITE MUSIC ARTIST(s) OR SONG
I don't really have a favorite group right now, so I'll have to say that my favorite song is "Where My Dogs At?" by DMX.

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM
Stanford. I wouldn't trade this team, these guys for anything.

FAVORITE CLASS
My favorite class has been group communications, since it gave me the chance to talk and interact with other people. I really enjoy getting the chance to talk.

FAVORITE VIDEO GAME
Actually, I don't play video games.

FAVORITE MOVIE
"Friday," definitely. "Next Friday" had some funny parts, but it wasn't quite as good.

FAVORITE ATHLETE
Troy Walters or Kaili Wong. Both of those guys really show what a leader does and how to be a leader, and I really respect that.

FAVORITE NON-FOOTBALL ACTIVITY
Doing community service, any kind. I love to do mentoring, teaching, really anything, especially with kids. If I can give back to the community, help those who are sick or needy, I really enjoy that.

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES YOU
Hard-working. Everything in life involves hard work, it's the only way to succeed.

OPPONENT YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO BEAT
Every team on this year's schedule. I really love to beat Cal. But, you have to beat everybody.

HOW DO YOU PREPARE BEFORE A GAME? DO YOU HAVE ANY GAMEDAY SUPERSTITIONS?
I don't really get into superstitions. I prepare for games by viewing lots of film and breaking down opponents.

BEST PART ABOUT YOUR GAME
That I'm a hard worker. I go 110% on every snap.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH A FAMOUS PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE?
My mom, definitely. She might not be famous in the everyday sense of the word, but without her, nothing would be possible. She got me here.

WHAT DO YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING IN 10 YEARS?
Hopefully still playing football, either way, I will still be giving back to the community.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR ATHLETIC CAREER TO THIS POINT
The opportunity to play in the Rose Bowl.

WHAT WOULD YOU WANT PEOPLE TO SAY ABOUT YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE STANFORD
That Willie Howard has a great personality.


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