Sherman J. Howard: Football and Beyond


Orlando, FL (01/19/16) – In observance of February’s Black History Month, author Vietta L. Robinson announces her newly released book, Sherman J. Howard: Football and Beyond – The Legend and Legacy of an African-American NFL Pioneer. The book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble retailers, and can also be purchased at

Currently, the oldest living African-American NFL alumnus at age ninety one, the narrative includes: Howard’s recount of cultural experiences of the segregated South; serving on the battlefield during World War II; and being a trailblazer in college athletics and professional football. Other important influences in Howard’s life outlined throughout the book’s passages include his faith, mentors, family, and a well-regarded twenty-six year teaching and coaching career.

sherman_and_jeanetteHoward’s outstanding skill as a player at the University of Nevada-Reno, in 1948, placed him as a catalyst for removing rigid racial barriers in sports that were prominent during that time. With a performance level labeled “sensational” during the early days of the NFL, Howard’s professional football career included playing with the New York Yanks (later becoming New York Giants) and the Cleveland Browns, from 1949 to 1954.

Currently residing in Chicago, Illinois, Howard continues to be highly regarded for his significant historical contributions to sports and football and for being a source of inspiration to many people.