Today, shotstopper and USMNT legend Tim Howard, turns 38 years old, so in goalkeeping years, he’s still relatively young. In honor of his birthday, we’re looking back on his career, cutting the cake and sharing the party favors with five reasons why Tim Howard is No. 1 in our hearts.
1. His penalty kick saves
Throughout his career, Tim Howard has made a reputation of making some remarkable penalty kick saves. One of his most notable moments came at the end of the 2016 MLS season when Howard tallied two penalty saves in the MLS Western Conference semifinal
The Colorado Rapids faced the LA Galaxy, but after 120 minutes of play the game was still tied, forcing it into a penalty kick shootout. Howard, in a heroic fashion, made two incredible saves to deny the Galaxy and advance his team to the cusp of the MLS Cup.
You can check out Howard’s PK saves from over the course of his career here.
2. His record-setting night against Belgium
At 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ the US faced Belgium in the Round of 16. In the heartbreaking 2-1 loss, Howard tallied an amazing 16 saves, setting the record for the most stops made in a World Cup match.
Yahoo Sports managed to combine all 16 saves into one GIF, and it’s pretty unreal:
— Antwon (@AntwonGelato) August 27, 2016
Who could forget about the epic memes of #ThingsTimHowardCanSave? After his World Cup performance, some creative Tim Howard fans developed the hashtag and came up with some farfetched ideas of what Howard could rescue. Pictures surfaced of him saving Bambi, dinosaurs, the Titanic and the list goes on forever.
4. He scores goals, too
On a windy night in 2012, Howard got his name on the scoresheet when Everton faced Bolton. He hit a long ball that soared down field, bounced and went up and over the head of the opposing keeper, Adam Bogdan.
Tim Howard's amazing goal vs Bolton! pic.twitter.com/RziNLTsXYT
— Everton Goals (@evertongoals) July 13, 2016
Howard handled scoring with class and refused to celebrate. He was directly asked about the goal in a postgame interview and said, “It’s not nice. It’s embarrassing, so I felt for Adam.”
5. He’s an animal rights activist
We get to see a softer side of the intense goalkeeper when he talks about animal rights. He is a huge advocate for the cause and speaks out continually against the fur industry. In fact, many of his tattoos are dedicated to the animal rights cause and he even worked with PETA to coin the term “Ink not mink.”
In an interview with PETA, Howard said, “Protecting animals is very important to me, and I think speaking out against fur is an amazing cause.”
Tim Howard bares tattoos for PETA 'Ink, Not Mink' campaign http://t.co/1gjXSVJIFW
— For The Win (@ForTheWin) May 6, 2014
To celebrate Tim Howard’s birthhday, we are giving away a pair of Nike SGT Premier Gloves. To enter, fill out the form below.