Howard was a two-sport athlete at Lafayette. His greatest success came on the gridiron where he was the starting center on offense and a starting linebacker on defense for three seasons. During the 1959 season, the program won its 400th game and Howard was named the Lafayette-Lehigh Defensive MVP. Howard served as co-captain his senior year during which he was selected as center on the 1960 Mid-Atlantic Conference First Team, beating out Rutgers' Alex Kroll, who went on to earn National Football Hall of Fame status.
Howard was also the starting catcher for the baseball team during his junior and senior years and played semi-pro baseball during the summers. The baseball team also saw success during Howard's years, amassing 56 victories. The 1958 squad captured the District 2 title with wins over Penn State and NYU and advanced to the College World Series. Following graduation and while serving with the U.S. Army in Germany, Howard was recruited by the Darmstadt Comets Air Force Team to be their catcher and played in the U.S. Forces Europe League.
Howard and his wife of over 50 years, Margie, have four children: Rob, Nancy, Chuck and Sue, and have eight grandchildren. After a 41-year career in sales, he retired as President and owner of the EV Dunbar Co. in 2004 and family, golf, travel and volunteering now take up most of his time.