“That’s What It Takes To Be Great”

August 4th, 2017

No slacker.

Sometimes, one only needs a quick glace to read a full story.

Joe has been at Bucs training camp for several years now and can honestly say he’s never witnessed a player as wiped out physically as he did today when speaking with tight end O.J. Howard after practice.

With the lack of rain and just a few clouds at the start of practice, standard Florida August heat returned to One Buc Palace. And Howard was physically cashed.

It must have been at least 15 minutes, maybe 20 minutes after practice, perhaps more, and Howard was panting and sweating as if he just finished running a mile. The look on his long face screamed exhaustion. He was hunched over and, for a second, Joe wondered if Howard was going to keel over.

In simple terms, Howard left it all on the practice field today.

Joe joked with him how he must have busted his tail because he was sucking air. Howard didn’t disagree.

“Yeah, that is the plan,” Howard said. “Every day, try to get better out there. Try to become a complete tight end every day. Yeah, I’m tired. It is hot. But that’s what it takes to be great. You have to put in all the work.”

Call Joe a sap if you wish but Joe just loves that kind of ‘tude.

13 Responses to ““That’s What It Takes To Be Great””

  1. Wausa Says:

    Looking forward to seeing him and Brate together on the field for not only this year but many more in the future.

  2. DR FEELGOOD Says:

    My daughter is a Nole and I’m all Bama. Which will make for a bittersweet opener in college ball this year. I feel SO blessed to have had Jameis at FSU and OJ at Bama, both winning titles, and now about to become the next Brady/Gronk combo. No one, and I mean NO ONE, outworks these two studs. GO BUCS!!!

  3. RayJameisStadium Says:

    Getting the right attitudes in this team will bring many Lombardis.

    The mentally weak will have to find another team.

    I don’t see this guy complaining about his knees ever to the media.

    Licht does it again!

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo works the hot Pasco County roofs by day and table dances by night……talk about exhaustion…..add some cervezas and Columbian Gold and some of Pablo’s many Childrens making activity (you know what that is)…..and then you have true exhaustion. Pablo loves OJ Howard…..a real new Buc stud”

  5. Pickgrin Says:

    The GM upon drafting him said that Howard was “one of the cleanest players” in the draft. This is part of that. The love of the game. The willingness to work your ass off to be great.

    Put this on top of 5 star++ level talent and we’ve got the makings of one helluva football player brewing here.

  6. OneBuc55 Says:

    Jamies, Kwon, and O.J…must be something in the water up the in Alabama…

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I appreciate and understand all those who were calling for a RB in particular Dalvin Cook in the draft……but even most of them have got to admit that in the long run it appears we have a real winner in OJ Howard. How fortunate we are!!!

  8. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Jamies, Kwon, and O.J…must be something in the water up the in Alabama…

    Yeah and hard to believe Saban only got ONE of them.

  9. Joe Says:

    Yeah and hard to believe Saban only got ONE of them.

    Nick Saban screwed the pooch when he told Jameis he couldn’t play baseball.

    Just the opposite, Jimbo Fisher wanted Jameis to play baseball.

  10. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Just hope he stays hydrated. That was my first thought when I saw his catch from Griffth, that he was turning on the jets too much in practice….and may pull something if dehydrated….but you’re right, have to love and admire that work ethic regardless. He’s going to be visible in fourth quarters when ASJ used to disappear due to conditioning.

  11. JonBuc Says:

    Still absolutely stunning that Howard was available at 19. Corey Davis and Mike Williams already injured…Ravens lose Pitta just after the draft…teams picking before the Bucs will be kicking themselves for years to come for passing on him IMO.

  12. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Monster …Beast …just getting himself ready to continue to be a player, the greatest… Don’t need Monken, just allow him to learn the playbook!!!! Go BUCS!! Go J80!!

  13. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Man, Pablo..I feel I haven’t seen a Pablo post in ages..

    If you all want successful kids that will play in the NFL in the future..have your wife or girlfriend (these days it’s like the norm) pop them out in Alabama..that’s right birthplace ALABAMA…