Former Estacado Matador, Thomas Howard Jr., killed in accident - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Former Estacado Matador, Thomas Howard Jr., killed in accident Monday

OAKLAND, CA (KCBD) -

KCBD has confirmed that former Estacado Matador and Cincinnati Bengal Thomas Howard Jr. has been killed in a car accident in California.

WTVU in Oakland is reporting that two people were killed after a speeding BMW rear-ended a big rig at a high rate of speed and lost control, slamming head-on into a CRV on Highway 880.

After graduating from Estacado High School, Howard went to UTEP where he went from a walk-on to a scholarship starter. He finished his Miners career with 296 tackles and 34 tackles for a loss.

Former Estacado Principal Paul Frazier tells us he had just recently spoken with Howard about things he could do now in Lubbock.

"Today, when I heard it, my heart just sank," Frazier said. "I just spoke with him a couple of weeks ago. We talked about what he could do for his foundation this summer, programs he could bring to Lubbock, camps that he may be able to host. I just can't believe it."

Howard was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 2nd round with the 38th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He was with the Silver and Black until 2010. He then joined the Cincinnati Bengals from 2011-2012. Most Recently he joined the Atlanta Falcons and was released last Tuesday. In his NFL Career he had 492 tackles, 6 sacks and 7 interceptions.

We will continue to update you as we learn more.

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