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IN HIS GRASP
Sally Jenkins
December 09, 1991
The sure-handed acrobatics of Michigan's Desmond Howard should make next week's announcement of the Heisman winner a mere formality
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December 09, 1991

In His Grasp

The sure-handed acrobatics of Michigan's Desmond Howard should make next week's announcement of the Heisman winner a mere formality

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But just when Howard seems a touch overbearing, a beauteous smile comes forth, and he's suddenly describing, with a sense of high hilarity, something he did on the football field. For all of his exalted aspirations, Howard has a touch of pure lowbrow vaudeville. "I've enjoyed entertaining crowds since I was young," he says. "It's a pleasure making everybody happy. My family comes to the games, and I feel like they are there in harmony, cheering for their son."

His parents meet every weekend in seats on the 50-yard line to regard with a mixture of awe and admiration what they have accomplished.

"I tell Desmond," J.D. Howard says, " 'You make this whole family feel good. Just the idea of you.' "

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