PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Former Autauga Academy star turned Tampa Bay Buccaneer OJ Howard was honored by his high school alma mater Friday. A sign in the former Crimson Tide tight end's honor was revealed in front of the field house that says, "Welcome to Autauga Academy: Home of OJ Howard."
"It's sweet. It's awesome that they did something like this for me at my school, very excited to see it and it's very humbling," said Howard.
Current Generals head coach Bobby Carr said, "We just wanted to give something back to OJ cause he's always representing our school the right way. He sets the standard extremely high. We're very proud he came from Autauga Academy and this way now when anybody pulls up they'll see this is the home of OJ Howard."
Howard is in town for his annual 'Got Da Juice' football camp on Saturday. The camp is already full and will host kids ages 7 to 17 for a full day of football drills and lots of fun.
OJ is headed into his second season with the Bucs after being their first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. In his rookie season he scored 6 touchdowns and racked up 432 yards, 26 receptions in 14 games played.