Dec 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals safety Jeromy Miles (45) reacts to Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham (6) and punter Drew Butler (9) look on during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. The Bengals won the game, 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
Former Bengals and current Baltimore Ravens safety Jeromy Miles is grieving the death of former teammate Thomas Howard, who tragically passed away this Monday after a fatal car crash. Miles remembered Howard as a generous friend when they both played for the Bengals.
"“Great guy,” Miles said. “He always took care of all of the young players, took us out to dinner. Everything was always on him, never wanted you to pay. It’s rough when something happens to a good guy like that. Man, for it to happen that way, so intense, to die on impact, that’s how fast he was going. At the same time, a lot of young guys can learn from that. A lot of young guys have fast cars and go out there and take it for granted. You never know when your last day will be.”"
And according to Bengals.com, Howard’s memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Friday in Oakland, California. With the Bengals currently on their bye week, there’s expected to be several of Howard’s former teammates currently still with Cincinnati at his funeral.
After leaving the Bengals following his injury last offseason, Howard bounced around from tryout to tryout at the start of this season, and when Emmanuel Lamur went down at the end of the preseason with a season-ending injury, linebackers coach Paul Guenther reached out to Howard, but the team just couldn’t signing him because he hadn’t fully healed from the injury:
"“He was still working back from the injury and we just decided to go a different way with it,” Guenther said."