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Billie Harris Howton

Also Known As: "Bill Howton"
Current Location:: Madrid, Spain
Birthplace: Littlefield, TX, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Bernie Houston Howton and Ella Faye Howton/Shearer
Widower of Sandra Faye Howton
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Brother of Jackie Lee Howton and <private> Howton

Occupation: former American football wide receiver
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Billy Howton

Billy Howton's name will probably never roll off the tongue of most Packer fans, but he was one of the most prolific receivers in franchise history  ...Packers Hall of Fame  

Billie Harris “Billy” Howton (July 5, 1930-) (E) led the National Football League and the Green Bay Packers as a rookie in 1952 in receiving yards (1,231), average yards per game (102.6) and had the longest reception play (90) while scoring a rookie record 13 touchdowns. The Packers selected Billy in the second round of the 1952 NFL Draft out of Rice University. He again led the league in receiving yards (1,188), average yards per game (99.0) and touchdowns (12) in his fifth season (1956). Howton played 12 seasons for the Pack (1952-1958), the Cleveland Browns (1959) and the Dallas Cowboys (1960-1963). He and Don Hutson are the only two Packer receivers to register multiple games with 200-plus yards. Howton caught seven passes for 257 total yards against the Los Angeles rams in 1957. Billy was named to two NFL All-Pro First Teams and selected for four NFL Pro Bowl appearances. Billy Howton finished his career with 8,459 receiving yards and 61 touchdowns on 503 receptions. Defensively, he recovered four fumbles for an additional four yards ... google image search for Billy Howton

Howton was an assistant coach at Rice University for a few years and then worked as a building contractor before getting involved in financial investments in the 1970s. He and a partner were sentenced in 1981 to serve five years in a federal prison for fraud involving $8 million of misappropriated funds.

He served two years and then moved on with his life, which included a move to Spain after he met his future wife, an employee of Iberia Airlines.

Howton has three children and is currently spending Thanksgiving with his family in Texas. He enjoys his retirement and life in Spain, playing tennis and following his passion for wine and vineyards.

"I've been in Madrid for 18 years," he said. "We don't get a lot of football over there - only what I see I get off the computer. But it was nice to come back to Green Bay and visit with Paul and sign some autographs."


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July 5, 1930
Littlefield, TX, USA