Coyote Spotlight COYOTES HONOR LATE DEVIN HOWARD WITH ’69’ HELMET DECAL Posted on 3 weeks ago 1 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr (RANCHO MIRAGE) – The six-time champion SoCal Coyotes will honor the memory of former star defensive end Devin ‘Howie’ Howard with a special helmet decal featuring his famed number “69”. With his family by his side, Devin passed away at home December 28, 2020, at the age of 29, after a hard-fought battle with synovial sarcoma. Pain in his left leg was originally believed to be flexor tendinitis, until an MRI in August 2020 revealed a tumor. Hailing from Yreka, California, Howard, 6-3, 280, signed with the SoCal Coyotes in 2013. Teammates fondly recall the easy-going former NCAA preseason All-American for his t-shirts, blue jeans, cowboy hat, boots, and huge smile – and relentless defensive line play. Howard was an immediate, disruptive force, sacking quarterbacks with flair and blowing up every blocking scheme designed to slow him. “Devin set the bar for accountability – he changed our culture,” said head coach J David Miller. “His memory fills our minds and warms our hearts. Devin’s work ethic and leadership will forever be remembered as our standard of excellence, to everyone who steps foot in the Coyotes organization.” Off the field, Howard was a gentle giant, community leader and huge fan favorite. Devin volunteered for weekly SoCal leadership programs in local public schools, a grassroots campaign that evolved into what is now the Coyote organization’s award-winning ‘Above The Line’ program. The New Mexico Highlands product finished his SoCal career after parts of four seasons in 2016. The helmet decal will be unveiled during Week Two of SoCal’s 2021 regular-season game in the Gridiron Developmental Football League (GDFL). The Coyotes will retire Howard’s jersey and uniform in a formal ceremony at a later home game date. It is the first time the Coyotes have honored the passing of an alumnus with a helmet sticker. ABOUT THE SOCAL COYOTES The six-time champion SoCal Coyotes are the national standard of American developmental football, and are 88-13 under Hall of Fame head coach and non-profit founder J David Miller. The Coyotes’ organization provides elite athletes a professional environment that refines and showcases their skills through trademarked processes similar to the NBA’s D-league and MLB’s minor-league systems. Additionally, the Coyotes’ 501c3 and award-winning ‘Above The Line’ leadership programs impacts the social, mental and physical growth of more than 50,000 youth annually through remedial curriculum, training camps, clinics and symposia. NFL executives have named the SoCal Coyotes organization America’s #1 Developmental Football Program™ for its national, scalable brands, community outreach programs, nine-year operational track record, verifiable data, youth curriculum, sales, public-private sector alliances, and measured results.