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Howard Twilley

Wide Receiver

Howard James Twilley, Jr.

Inducted 1992

Date of Birth



Houston, TX


University of Tulsa (1963-1965)


In 1964, Tulsa end Howard Twilley led the nation in three pass receiving categories -touchdowns, 13, passes caught, 95, and yards gained on receptions, 1,178. He repeated in 1965, and his figures were higher - touchdowns, 16, passes caught, 134, and yards, 1,779. These were NCAA records. Twilley was Academic All-America in 1964 and 1965. He was unanimous All-America and Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1965. Twilley graduated from Tulsa with a degree in electrical engineering, and added a master's degree in finance. He played 11 years with the Miami Dolphins 1966-1976. Twilley, at 5-10, was not especially tall for a receiver, but he had shifty ways of getting open for a pass, and he had sure hands to catch it. His best college game was in 1965 against Memphis State. He caught 16 passes for 267 yards. One play was an 89-yard gain. Other big yardage games in 1965 included 242 against Southern Illinois, 230 against Louisville, 226 against Cincinnati, and 214 against Colorado State. In 1964, he had a 242-yard game against Oklahoma State.


Height 5'10

Weight 180

Career Highlights

  • 1965 Academic All-America
  • 1965 All-Conference
  • 1965 Heisman - Second
  • 1965 Led nation In pass receptions|
  • 1965 Unanimous All-America
  • 1964 Academic All-America
  • 1964 All-Conference
  • 1964 Led nation in pass receptions
  • 1964 Second team All-America 1964 All-Conference
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