Days to kickoff: 26
Today's honoree never suited up in an Auburn football uniform, but he is a charter member of the Auburn Football Letterman's Club. I consider him more than worthy of Kickoff Kountdown recognition, but wasn't sure exactly where to place him. I decided to go with the year he was born: 1926. You just can't find a person nicer than this gentleman.
HAPPY KENNY HOWARD DAY!!!
NOTE: The following information has been copied directly from the Kenny Howard Athletic Training Fellowship web site.
Kenny Howard was born in 1926 in Crossville, Ala. He came to Alabama Polytechnic Institute to study agriculture, but got a job as student athletic trainer under the legendary trainer and track coach Wilbur Hutsell. Upon graduation in 1948, Howard was named Head Athletic Trainer and served in that capacity until 1976.
From 1976 through 1980 Kenny served Auburn as its first assistant athletics director for Olympic Sports. He retired from Auburn in 1980 and went to work as Director of Sports Relations for the Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation, Inc., and served in that position until his retirement in 1995.
While serving as Auburn's head trainer, Kenny became the confidant of head football coach Ralph Jordan. That friendship led to the 40-year association with Dr. Jack Hughston becoming Auburn's Orthopedic surgeon and team physician.
Kenny was the trainer for the U.S. Olympic Track team at Helsinki in 1952 and the trainer for the U.S. Olympic Swim team at Montreal in 1976. He also served as head trainer for the World University Games on two occasions. He was the trainer for the Blue-Gray game for ten consecutive years and the trainer for the Senior Bowl for two years.
Kenny was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. He is the first athletic trainer to receive such an honor.
He served on the Auburn City Council from 1984 through 1987. He is married to the former Jeanne Barnhart and they have three sons and daughter. Jeanne and Kenny continue to reside in Auburn.