Miami Dolphins’ Xavien Howard Gives Back to South Florida Community in Major Way

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While Miami Dolphins players wait for the expected opening of training camp next month, Xavien Howard is making sure to aid the South Florida community as it continues to deal with the coronavirus.

The 26-year-old Howard is preparing to start his fifth season as a member of the Dolphins and hopes to avoid a major injury, which last year limited him to just five games.

Howard dealt with knee trouble last year that first put him on the injured reserve list and then eventually led to surgery that ended his season.

Those health woes were a blow to Howard, who was coming off a Pro Bowl campaign in 2018. During that season, he led the NFL in interceptions with seven and also knocked away 12 other passes.

One of the byproducts of Howard’s outstanding 2018 season was a five-year contract extension worth a possible $75.25 million, with $27.2 million of that amount guaranteed.

The Dolphins bolstered the other corner spot during the offseason when they signed free agent cornerback Byron Jones to an even more lucrative contract. Howard and Jones are expected to be pushed by one of the Dolphins’ first-round picks, rookie cornerback, Noah Igbinoghene.

However, until all the players get on the field, it’s clear that Howard’s focus is on helping the South Florida community deal with the coronavirus in any way that he can.

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Brad is a freelance writer for and has been around long enough to remember the 1972 perfect season, and even when Don Shula was coaching the Colts. He still follows the Dolphins and other happenings in the NFL, so he can offer a little perspective when it comes to the ups and downs of each season. Some of his opinions may end up differing from the people who read them, but that's par for the course when it comes to life in South Florida.