Boxing Hall of Fame welcomes Ex-NFL star

CANASTOTA — The International Boxing Fall of Fame announced that 1991 Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl XXXI Most Valuable Player Desmond Howard has been named the Grand Marshal of the 23rd Annual Boxing Hall of Fame Parade of Champions scheduled for Sunday, June 10 at 1 p.m.

Howard was an All-American at the University of Michigan and amassed 134 receptions for 2,146 yards and 32 touchdowns at Ann Arbor. He was twice named to the All-Big Ten first team while claiming the Heisman Trophy as the most outstanding college football player in the United States.

The former Wolverine was selected by the Washington Redskins as the fourth overall pick in the 1992 NFL Draft and spent 11 seasons in the pro ranks. He led the Green Bay Packers to victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI and became the first special teams player to be named MVP while setting Super Bowl records for punt return yards (90), total return yards (244) and kick-off return yards (99).

Howard later joined ESPN as a college football analyst and was also elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

The Parade of Champions will highlight over 40 boxing stars and will pass through the streets of Canastota, leading to the grounds of the Hall of Fame Museum prior to the start of the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the new class of inductees. Living inductees to be honored are multi-division champion Thomas "Hitman" Hearns, two-division champion Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, "Let’s Get Ready to Rumble" ring announcer Michael Buffer, trainer Freddie Roach, broadcaster Al Bernstein and journalist Michael Katz. Posthumous inductees will also be honored.

The 23rd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, set for June 7-10, will feature a banquet, a boxing autograph card show and a cocktail party along with the induction ceremony.