The family of former NFL linebacker Chuck Howley received a proclamation from Mayor Glenn Elliott designating June 28th at Chuck Howley Day in the City of Wheeling. The presentation of the proclamation followed Lunch with Books: The Case for His Enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with Mike Beatty.
Howley, a native of the Warwood neighborhood of Wheeling, WV, is being considered for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio. In August, it was announced that the former WVU and NFL legend had been selected as one of three senior members for consideration for the Hall of Fame Class of 2023. For more information, see this article from Sports Illustrated.
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.”
Reserve LEGENDARY LOCALS OF WHEELING by Sean Duffy from the Ohio County Public Library
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