LaRod Stephens-Howling
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Stephens-Howling with the Steelers against the Titans
No. 36, 34
Position:Running back,
Kick returner
Personal information
Born: (1987-04-26) April 26, 1987 (age 37)
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height:5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Greater Johnstown (Johnstown, Pennsylvania)
College:Pittsburgh (2005–2008)
NFL draft:2009 / Round: 7 / Pick: 240
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:670
Rushing touchdowns:5
Receiving yards:545
Receiving touchdowns:3
Return yards:4,092
Return touchdowns:3
Player stats at PFR

LaRod Stephens-Howling (born April 26, 1987) is a former American football running back and kickoff returner. He was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Pittsburgh. He was also a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Early life

Stephens-Howling is a native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He attended Greater Johnstown High School, where he competed in football, baseball, wrestling, and track.[1]

College career

Stephens-Howling played college football for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers.[2] He was the starter for the Panthers before being replaced by future NFL Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy in 2007.[3][4][5]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight
5 ft 6+12 in
(1.69 m)
180 lb
(82 kg)
Values from Pro Day[6]

Arizona Cardinals

Stephens-Howling was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft with the 240th overall pick.[7] In addition to playing running back, Stephens-Howling returned kickoffs for the team. On November 1, 2009, Stephens-Howling recorded his first NFL touchdown on a 14-yard reception from quarterback Kurt Warner against the Carolina Panthers.[8] On November 29, 2009, Stephens-Howling returned a Rob Bironas kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans.[9] On September 26, 2010, Stephens-Howling returned the opening kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders.[10] On October 31, 2010, he scored his first rushing touchdown after bouncing out near the sidelines and running 30 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[11] On December 4, 2011, Stephens-Howling scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Dallas Cowboys on a 52-yard reception from Kevin Kolb.[12] He became a restricted free agent following the 2011 season, but was re-signed by the Cardinals on April 16, 2012.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stephens-Howling signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on April 26, 2013.[13] At the beginning of the 2013 season against the Tennessee Titans, he tore his ACL and missed the rest of the season after undergoing surgery.[14]

Personal life

in 2017, Stephens-Howling joined Robert Morris' coaching staff as the running backs coach.[15]

References

  1. ^ Mastovich, Mike (August 19, 2016). "Former Johnstown High standout, NFL player Stephens-Howling joins Pitt staff". The Tribune-Democrat. Archived from the original on June 13, 2022. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  2. ^ "LaRod Stephens-Howling College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on June 13, 2022. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  3. ^ Curtis, Shawn (October 5, 2016). "LaRod Stephens-Howling made big impact in NFL". The Tribune-Democrat. Archived from the original on October 21, 2021. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  4. ^ Chakan, Zack; Gladysz, Mike (September 26, 2008). "Will McCoy and Stephens-Howling share the backfield?". The Pitt News. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  5. ^ "2007 Pitt Panthers Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on June 13, 2022. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  6. ^ "2009 NFL Draft Scout LaRod Stephens-Howling College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved March 22, 2024.
  7. ^ "2009 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on November 3, 2018. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  8. ^ "Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals – November 1st, 2009". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on August 17, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  9. ^ "Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans – November 29th, 2009". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on August 17, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  10. ^ "Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals – September 26th, 2010". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on July 2, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  11. ^ "Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals – October 31st, 2010". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on November 11, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  12. ^ "Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals – December 4th, 2011". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on October 29, 2020. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  13. ^ "Steelers Agree To Terms With Stephens-Howling". Steelers.com. April 26, 2013. Archived from the original on April 28, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  14. ^ Coolong, Neal (September 8, 2013). "LaRod Stephens-Howling tore ACL against Titans". Behind the Steel Curtain. Archived from the original on June 13, 2022. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  15. ^ "Stephens-Howling to coach Robert Morris RBs". ESPN.com. Associated Press. March 30, 2017. Archived from the original on June 13, 2022. Retrieved June 13, 2022.