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Jordan Reginald Howard (born November 2, 1994) is an American football running back for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama-Birmingham and Indiana.
Howard played at Gardendale High School in Gardendale, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. He was a two-year starter for the Rockets, gaining 2,876 yards in his junior and senior seasons. While he excelled for the Rockets, he was generally regarded as a just two-star prospect and was not highly sought after by major college programs. He ended up just a few miles away from his home at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Howard began his college football career at UAB in 2013. He made his collegiate debut against LSU. He rushed for a season-high 159 yards against FIU. He finished the 2013 season with 881 rushing yards. His longest rushing play of the season was 52-yards against Vanderbilt. Howard was second in yards per carry (6.1) in Conference USA.
As a sophomore in 2014, he set a school single-season record with 1,587 rushing yards and ranked seventh among Division I FBS players with an average of 132.3 rushing yards per game. Howard was second in rushing yards in the conference.
Following the shutdown of UAB's football team, Howard transferred to Indiana prior to the 2015 season. He rushed for a season-high 238 yards and two touchdowns against Michigan on November 14, 2015.
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On December 27, 2015, Howard declared for the NFL draft, foregoing his senior season. Howard was graded a 6.1 on NFL.com and had the third-highest running back rating with only Derrick Henry at 6.15, and Ezekiel Elliott at 7.09 having higher ratings than him.
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The Chicago Bears selected Howard in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. Howard was the tenth running back taken in the draft. On May 9, 2016, the Bears signed Howard to a four-year, $2.58 million contract with a signing bonus of $248,022.
Following the departure of veteran running back, Matt Forte, Howard competed with Jeremy Langford, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Ka'Deem Carey for the Bears' starting running back position. Howard had a strong performance in the Bears' preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns, where he rushed for 107-yards with one touchdown. Going into the regular season, the Bears named Howard as their third running back on their depth chart behind veterans Langford and Carey.
He made his professional regular season debut in the Bears' second game of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles after Carey suffered an hamstring injury. He finished the game with three carries for 22 rushing yards and two receptions for nine yards. Howard was named the Bears' starting running back after Langford suffered an ankle injury. On October 2, 2016, Howard earned his first career start against the Detroit Lions and finished the game with 23 carries for 111 rushing yards and three catches for 29 yards as the Bears won 17–14. The next game, Howard rushed the ball 16 times for 118 rushing yards and caught three passes for 45 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts. His first career touchdown reception came on a 21-yard pass from Brian Hoyer.
On October 16, Howard had 15 rushing attempts for 45 rushing yards and scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard run during 17–16 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. In Week 8, Howard had 26 carries for a season-high 153 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 20–10 win over the Minnesota Vikings. He was named the 'NFC's Offensive Player of the Week' for his third game with more than 100 rushing yards against the Vikings. On December 4, Howard ran for 117 yards on 32 carries and scored a season-high three rushing touchdowns in the 26–6 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
He eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards, the fifth rookie in team history to reach 1,000 rushing yards (Matt Forte 2008, Anthony Thomas 2001, Rashaan Salaam 1995, and Beattie Feathers 1934). On December 24, he had his sixth game of the season with over 100 rushing yards after he finished with 18 carries for 119 yards in a 41–21 loss to the Washington Redskins. Howard finished the season with 1,313 yards, second in the league behind fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott. Howard was later named to the 2017 Pro Bowl as a replacement for injured Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson. Howard joined Gale Sayers as the only Bears rookie running backs to make the Pro Bowl.
Howard is the son of Flora Williams and Dr. Reginald Bernard "Doc" Howard, a dentist. His father died at age 52 on January 31, 2007, of pulmonary fibrosis. Since that date, he has worn a white t-shirt with his father's photo printed on it under his pads for upwards of 80 football games. He is a supporter of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.