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Billy Howton
Date of birth: July 5, 1930 (1930-07-05) (age 79)
Place of birth: Littlefield, Texas
Career information
Position(s): Wide receiver
College: Rice
NFL Draft: 1952 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15
 As player:
Green Bay Packers
Cleveland Browns
Dallas Cowboys
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 4
Honors: Packers Hall of Fame
Playing stats at

William Harris "Billy" Howton (born July 5, 1930 in Littlefield, Texas) is a former American football wide receiver who played 12 seasons in the National Football League (1952-1963). He played college football at Rice University. He caught a total 503 career passes for a total of 8,459 yards. In doing so, he surpassed then leader Don Hutson to become the all-time leader in receptions and yardage (Since then his ranking has fallen to below 50.) Despite this, he has yet to be name a finalist in Pro Football Hall of Fame balloting. He retired in 1963 after four years with the Dallas Cowboys. He caught 13 touchdown passes in his 1952 rookie season. On October 21, 1957, Howton caught seven passes for a total of 257 yards against the Los Angeles Rams.

Preceded by
NFLPA President
January 26, 1958-January 4, 1962
Succeeded by
Pete Retzlaff


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