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<br /> <br /> A special thank you to<br /> everyone who contributed<br /> their memories, pictures and<br /> stories to this book.<br /> I appreciate your efforts, time,<br /> generosity – and most<br /> importantly – your friendship.<br /> – Desmond Howard<br /> FO RE W A RD<br /> BY GREG HARDE N<br /> The Summer of 1989 was hot and humid. Too hot to be inside an indoor track facility constructed of metal walls and a<br /> rubberized floor, and with 1,400 football campers between the ages of 14- to 18-years-old. But there we were, Desmond<br /> Howard, myself and another Michigan football player following my 45-minute lecture on the identification and elimination<br /> of “Self-Defeating Attitudes & Behaviors”.<br /> I was mentally tired and physically exhausted that day, with one mission and one mission only – to go home and recover.<br /> But ‘the best-laid plans of mice and men’ are forever altered by the God of necessity. My life was about to change and<a title="I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard page 1" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5caf4a62?page=1"> </a> <a title="I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard page 2" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5caf4a62?page=2"> A special thank you to everyone who contributed t</a> <a title="I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard page 3" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5caf4a62?page=3"> FO RE W A RD BY GREG HARDE N The Summe</a> <a title="I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard page 4" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5caf4a62?page=4"> Desmond with Greg Harden (L) and former Michigan </a> <a title="I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard page 5" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5caf4a62?page=5"> THE LEGEND OF DESMOND HOWARD</a> <a title="I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard page 6" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5caf4a62?page=6"> THE MAGIC BEGINS PAGE 8 Gro</a> <a title="I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard page 7" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5caf4a62?page=7"> 8</a> <a title="I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard page 8" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5caf4a62?page=8"> THE MAGIC BEGINS Growing Up in Cleveland, Howard</a> <a title="I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard page 9" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5caf4a62?page=9"> THE LEGEND OF DESMOND HOWARD From the start, </a> <a title="I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard page 10" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5caf4a62?page=10"> “Growing up in Cleveland was great. It was tradit</a> <a title="I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard page 11" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5caf4a62?page=11"> “We used to almost reconstruct bikes because we w</a> <a title="I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard page 12" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5caf4a62?page=12"> DESMOND HOWARD FUN FACTS With 138 points in</a>