Tim Howard is ferocious in his penalty area. The American goalkeeper spits out a volley of colourful verbiage, at high volume, in the white-hot passion of play. “It’s just part of who I am out there,” he says about his dominant physical presence and vocal outbursts for club side Everton and his national team. It’s hard to believe, given given his persona on the pitch, that his musings as a TV analyst are so measured and insightful, so full of clean, calm wit.
At this point in his football career, Howard has mastered his 18-yard box. But, at 35, he is taking his first, uneasy steps into another box of sorts, the television broadcast booth.
“I was so nervous when I first started,” Howard told FIFA.com about his first season as a co-commentator for the English Premier League on NBC Sports. “I had no idea if I’d like it or if I’d even be any good. I was the first guy to do it, to comment on a game while still playing in the same league.”
Howard’s presence as part of a broadcast team raised an eyebrow or two at first. Was it a conflict of interest? Could a player, so crucial to high-flying Everton’s fortunes,Cheap Fifa Coins, keep his focus while essentially working three jobs? Roberto Martinez, the coach who led Howard and the Toffees to an impressive fifth-place finish last term, had the answer. “I was happy for Tim to do it,” said the Spaniard, who also enjoys the occasional turn on a television panel. “He doesn’t get distracted. He’s a leader and Tim’s belief and understanding of the game and desire are contagious.”
In a lot of ways it’s the same as a game: you want to do your best and you want to get it right.Tim Howard, Everton goalkeeper on his burgeoning media career.
The former Manchester United keeper will carry a lighter workload this year. He’s decided to take a one-year hiatus from playing for USA to spend more time with his children. It’s a decision the 104-times capped Howard did not come to lightly, after becoming an American superstar with his performances for the Stars and Stripes at Brazil 2014. He was the darling of all manner of hilarious Internet memes and beloved among fans, one of whom even took to Wikipedia to cheekily appoint him US Secretary of Defence after a 16-save performance against Belgium.