May 9, 2011


Winnipeg Blue Bomber receiver Markus Howell has announced his retirement from football after an 11-year career that included six years with his hometown team.

“I’ve had a great career playing the game I love,” said Howell.  “I’m thankful to the Blue Bomber organization for giving me the opportunity, first by drafting me 11 years ago, but also for bringing me in last year and giving me one more opportunity to play in front of my friends and family at home.”

Howell was originally drafted by the Blue Bombers in the fourth round (25th overall) of the 2000 CFL Canadian Draft and spent five years with the team, racking up 104 receptions for 1,280 yards and five touchdowns while also filling in as a defensive back and excelling as a returner.  He spent one year with the Ottawa Renegades before signing with the Calgary Stampeders where he won a Grey Cup Championship in 2008.

Howell signed with Winnipeg in July last year and returned five punts for 32 yards and two kickoffs for 37 yards.

“The Blue Bombers would like to thank Markus for all his contributions to the organization over the past decade,” said Vice-President and General Manager Joe Mack.  “He was a consummate professional throughout his CFL career and we wish him well in all his future endeavors.”

In total, Howell caught 151 passes for 2,062 yards and nine touchdowns, returned 77 kickoffs for 1,679 yards and one score and brought back 246 punts for 2,232 yards – including a 96-yard touchdown return in 2007 with Calgary.  He also added 28 tackles, 21 special teams tackles, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries – including one for a touchdown.