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|Born:||December 25, 1943|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school:||Galena Park (TX)|
|NFL Draft:||1966 / Round: 14 / Pick: 209|
|AFL draft:||1966 / Round: 12 / Pick: 101|
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Howard James Twilley Jr. (born December 25, 1943) is a former American football player. He played college football at the University of Tulsa and was the runner up for the Heisman Trophy in 1965. Twilley played professionally as a wide receiver with the Miami Dolphins of the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL) from 1966 to 1976. He was the only player on the original 1966 Dolphins squad to play on the 1972 Dolphins team that had the NFL's only perfect season and won Super Bowl VII.
During his 1965 season at Tulsa, Twilley set NCAA records for the most receiving yards in a season (1,779), a record that stood until broken by Nevada's Alex Van Dyke in 1995, and for the most receptions in a season (134), which stood until broken by Houston's Manny Hazard in 1989. In 1992 Twilley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
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 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, but he ultimately decided to support the candidacy of another conservative Republican former NFL star, Steve Largent. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
- "Weekend College Report", The Washington Post, November 20, 1995 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
- Doug Ferguson, "Ex-receivers take same path to politics", Associated Press in The Daily News (Bowling Green, Kentucky), June 12, 1994.
- "Howard Twilley: Campaign support for Steve Largent", Associated Press in The Gadsden Times, June 20, 1994.
- Howard Twilley at Jim Thorpe Association Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame (accessed 2012-02-22).