ESPN's Desmond Howard a Fan of Big Ten Divisions, Braylon Edwards' Beard

B.Senior Analyst ISeptember 3, 2010

Heisman Trophy Winner Desmond Howard
Heisman Trophy Winner Desmond HowardMatt Stroshane/Getty Images

Michigan's Desmond Howard won the Heisman Trophy in 1991, due in large part to his acrobatic playing style.

As a result of that versatile style, many college football experts label Howard one of the most electrifying players ever to step foot on a college football field.

Setting more than a few records in your college football career will do that.

Howard became the first receiver in Big Ten history to lead the conference in scoring on his way to setting or tying five NCAA records and 12 single-season Michigan records. In 2010, he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

The All-American won the Heisman by the second largest margin of victory in the trophy’s history. He is one of only four players in history to win a Heisman Trophy and a NFL Super Bowl MVP.

After his playing days ended, Howard naturally became a college football analyst. He joined ESPN in 2005, and quickly became a member of the popular College GameDay crew.

While out promoting ESPN's Allstate Mayhem Football Challenge, Howard was able to answer a few questions about the Big Ten's recently-announced divisional assignments.

"I don't have a problem with the alignment what so ever, I really don't," said Howard. "I think at the end of the day, football comes down to the same thing it has since it began, which is wins and losses."

Howard played football for the Wolverines from 1989 to 1991. He has a pretty good idea of what it takes to win games in the Big Ten, having made it to two Rose Bowls and a Gator Bowl.

"I don't care what division you're in," the Hall of Famer continued. "If you go out there and do what you're supposed to do on the field, everything plays itself out on the end."

Although placed in separate divisions, Howard expressed that he was pleased about preserving the annual Michigan and Ohio State rivalry game as the last of the regular season.

"You'd be surprised how many of these fans look forward to that Ohio State-Michigan,” explained Howard. "It is a great rivalry between two of the most storied programs in all college football. It is an excellent opportunity for college football to be on that grand stage just for a regular season game.

"I think it is bigger than just a conference. A lot of college football fans love that rivalry."

Most football fans love the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about the beard of Howard’s fellow Michigan alumni Braylon Edwards.

Edwards is a member of the Jets, who are the topic of this season's Hard Knocks show on HBO. His new beard has gotten its fair share of attention since the show began.

Desmond likes the beard, though.

"I was actually surprised by it," he commented. "I said, 'What are you trying to look like, a thin version of Kimbo Slice or something?'"