No. 81     
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1943-12-25) December 25, 1943 (age 76)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
High School: Galena Park (TX)
Career information
College: Tulsa
NFL Draft: 1966 / Round: 14 / Pick: 209
AFL Draft: 1966 / Round: 12 / Pick: 101
Debuted in 1966 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
*Miami Dolphins (AFL, 1966–1969)
  • Miami Dolphins (1970–1976)
Career highlights and awards
*NFL Champion (1972)
  • NFL Champion (1973)
  • College Football HOF (1992)
Stats at
Stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Howard James Twilley, Jr. (born December 25, 1943) was the 1965 Heisman Trophy runner-up at the University of Tulsa and a former American professional football wide receiver with the Miami Dolphins of the American Football League and the National Football League. He was a member of the 1972 Dolphins team that had the NFL's only perfect season and won Super Bowl VII.

At Tulsa, he set an NCAA record for the most receiving yards in a season (1,779), a record that stood until broken by Nevada's Alex Van Dyke in 1995.[1] In 1992 Twilley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Twilley finished his NFL career with 212 receptions for 3,064 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also caught a 28-yard touchdown pass in the Dolphins' Super Bowl VII win over the Washington Redskins.

After Twilley's football career ended, he pursued a career in business. He owned 28 The Athlete's Foot sporting goods stores before selling them in 1990, and he worked in an investment firm. In 1994 he actively considered a run for the United States House of Representatives to succeed Jim Inhofe in Oklahoma's 1st congressional district when Inhofe decided to run for the United States Senate,[2] but he ultimately decided to support the candidacy of another conservative Republican former NFL star, Steve Largent.[3] He was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.[4]


  1. "Weekend College Report", The Washington Post, November 20, 1995 (subscription required).
  2. Doug Ferguson, "Ex-receivers take same path to politics", Associated Press in The Daily News (Bowling Green, Kentucky), June 12, 1994.
  3. "Howard Twilley: Campaign support for Steve Largent", Associated Press in The Gadsden Times, June 20, 1994.
  4. Howard Twilley at Jim Thorpe Association Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame (accessed 2012-02-22).

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Preceded by
Hugh Campbell
Division I FBS single-season receptions

Succeeded by
Manny Hazard


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