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Howard Weiss
Date of birth: October 12, 1917
Place of birth: Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
Date of death: November 23, 1997
Career information
Position(s): Fullback
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 1939 / Round: 3
 As player:
1939-1940 Detroit Lions
Playing stats at

Howard "Howie" Weiss (October 12, 1917 in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin – November 12, 1997 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a former American football fullback.

A three-sport letter winner in high school, he led the football team to its first conference championship while outscoring its opponents 208-12 during the year. He won the state junior golf championship in 1934. In 1935 Weiss enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and joined the Wisconsin Badger football team as a running back. He was named Wisconsin's Most Valuable Player in 1937 and again in 1938 when he also was awarded the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, given to the Big Ten Conference's Most Valuable Player. He was the first Badger to win the award. In the 1938 Heisman Trophy balloting Weiss came in sixth. He was elected class president for the 1938-39 school year. Weiss graduated in June 1939 with a degree in economics.

He was a third-round draft choice for the Detroit Lions in 1939 and played two seasons of professional football as a fullback and linebacker.

After a stint in the Navy during World War II, Weiss settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to begin a career in insurance. At the age of 39 he was named president of the Roberts Company, one of Wisconsin’s oldest and largest insurance companies. Weiss and his wife Geraldine involved themselves with Milwaukee’s civic affairs, donating their time and money to the Milwaukee Boys Club, the United Way, and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

He was one of 35 charter members named to the UW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.

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