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Former NFL Player Dies in Car Crash

Thomas Howard

Thomas Howard

By Josh Dubow

Former NFL linebacker Thomas Howard died following a high-speed car crash on a freeway in Oakland.

The Alameda County Coroner’s office said the 30-year-old Howard was one of two men who died in the crash. The driver of the other car, 64-year-old Zeng Long Liu of Hayward, also died in the crash.

Howard was driving a speeding BMW when he hit a big rig, flipped over the center divider and went head-on into a Honda traveling on the other side around 1 a.m., said Officer Daniel Hill, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.

Howard played eight years in the NFL after being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second round out of Texas-El Paso in 2006. He was most recently with Atlanta before getting released after playing two games this season.

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