"That's exactly what I am. I am a monster! That's what I am!"
- Vince Howard, Laboring
Vince Howard is a fictional character in the television show Friday Night Lights. He is the son of Ornette Howard and Regina Howard. He attends East Dillon High.
Season 4[edit | edit source]
After getting picked up by the cops yet again, Vince is offered a choice: football or jail. Seeing that Vince can run incredibly fast, Coach Taylor invites him to join the new East Dillon football program.
Vince starts off as the running back for East Dillion. He is the one bright spot in an otherwise talentless East Dillon team. Luke Cafferty joins the team after he is discovered to be zoned for East Dillon. Luke shares backfield duties with him, but the two don't get along. Luke's wallet goes missing, which leads to numerous altercations between the two, one of which gets them arrested. Vince nearly goes to juvie, but Taylor convinces Luke to take the blame. The two reconcile and Vince gives Luke his wallet back. During a game, the Lions play the Panthers and Coach Taylor sees his throwing arm and makes him quarterback.
He also has to deal with his mom's drug addiction alone, while his father is in jail. He enrolls her in rehab after another overdose, but is unable to afford it with his job at Ray's BBQ. He is forced to ask for help from his friend Calvin Brown, and has to pay the debt by joining Calvin and his gang, who steal cars and terrorize those who are late to pay their money. On the Injury List, his friend Calvin Brown was shot and killed during a heist gone wrong. After that, Vince continues to join on the heists to pay off his debt but he refuses to hurt anyone. One of the gangsters he's with nearly kills him but decides that he's not worth it. Vince quits.
He helps lead the Lions to a great victory over the West Dillon Panthers.
Season 5[edit | edit source]
Vince is now dating Jess, after Jess realizes he's changed. He convinces Hastings Ruckle to join the team. As the year progresses, he gets interest from colleges such as TMU and Oklahoma Tech.
At the same time, his dad comes home from prison for the first time in 5 years. His dad helps him with college recruiting, which feeds his ego, alienates his teamates, and gets him benched. He eventually realizes he is not bigger than the team and needs to work to get his position back, not commiting to a college. This leads to tension between him and his father, but he earns his position back. He helps the Lions win State, throwing a 63 yard "Hail Mary" to win the game. Eight months later, he is shown as the quarterback for the Dillon Panthers "super team" in his senior year of high school.