A Warwood boy and graduate of Corpus Christi Grade School, Chuck Howley was an All-State football player at Warwood High School (`54). He earned All-Southern Conference honors three times and Southern Conference Athlete of the Year (`57) at West Virginia University. He made WVU history by starring and lettering in five sports – football, track, wrestling, gymnastics and swimming. He won the Southern Conference diving championship in 1957. Chuck was the first round draft choice of the Chicago Bears in 1958 and was traded to the Dallas Cowboys (`61) where he became a 6-time All-Pro linebacker, Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl V MVP. Howley was the first defensive player and the only player from a losing team to be named MVP of a Super Bowl. Noted for his speed, Howley became one of the greatest linebackers to play the game. Legendary Dallas coach Tom Landry once said, “I don’t know that I’ve seen anybody better at linebacker than Howley.”
Chuck is finally a member of Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2023. He was enshrined on August 5, 2023 with his son Scott delivering his acceptance speech.
In October 2022, a campaign was launched to raise money to design, create, and install a welcome sign honoring Chuck for his Hall of Fame induction at the south entrance to Warwood. OCPL Local History Specialist and WALS Foundation Director Sean Duffy led the campaign and helped design the sign with the help of Erin Rothenbuehler. More than fifty people donated, including major donors like the Warwood Vets and the City of Wheeling, as well and dozens of individuals from Warwood and Wheeling. Sandra Caldwell at McClellan signs made the metal sign and a crew from the city completed the installation on Wednesday, October 18, 2023.
The City of Wheeling installed two new signs to commemorate City Council's recent unanimous vote to name the football field at Garden Park after Chuck Howley.
Roger Shunk, John Main, Bobby Schrimp, Robert Bennington, Robert Herron and Bill Lanham