Bucs Called O.J. Howard To Cash His Check

May 10th, 2018

From green rookie to new entrepreneur.

This is something that doesn’t happen to 99.9 percent of college graduates on their first big gig.

Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard recently relayed a fun story to Buccaneers.com writer Carmen Vitali.

It seems Howard as a rookie was a bit overwhelmed by grownup responsibilities, things like bill paying and keeping track of five-figure paychecks taking up space in your bag.

CV: Like you said, it’s been a year. What have you learned after your rookie year? Especially off the field – what was the learning curve there?

OJ: It was just the fact that you had to start doing things like paying the bills and writing out checks to certain things like the lawn company, for instance. The first time ever that you had to set up direct deposit here, I didn’t know. The Bucs called me like a month later and were like, ‘hey, you got a check worth a lot, do you have it still?’ And I’m like what? I looked in my bag and there was the check and I was like, ‘wow, I didn’t cash it.’ I wasn’t used to going to the bank and cashing checks so setting that up and just the day-to-day things that make you an adult were different for me.

Fun stuff.

Also in the story is Howard sharing that he got into the ice cream business back in Alabama, O.J.’s Frozen Treats.

Joe actually chatted privately with Howard about the company, which is a mobile operation. He’s got two vehicles on the road with his parents running the ship. Howard is happy to have his name used for marketing purposes and to help out when he’s home, and he hopes to keep it growing.

32 Responses to “Bucs Called O.J. Howard To Cash His Check”

  1. Lunchbox Says:

    Ice Cream!! Ice cream!! The ice cream man is coming!!! The ice cream man is coming!!

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Great story, Joe……most of the time we just think of these guys as players…..sometimes superstars….but they are like anyone else just starting adulthood & careers….I’m not sure I would have ever forgotten to cash my check though….

  3. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Ricky Henderson had a check framed for $1 million in his living room, The A’s had to call when they realized it had not been cashed.

  4. Tiredoflosing Says:

    Rod Munch…Really? Not even funny, Bro!

  5. AlteredEgo Says:

    hmmm….what ?….no wonder they lose all their money JF’nC…how much does his agent charge ? and for what ?…

  6. Tiredoflosing Says:

    I understand the need for deleting comments as its a necessary evil. Don’t like that it has to be done but guys like that have a special place in H**l designated just for them.

  7. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    What did I miss Tired?

  8. Steven007 Says:

    Apparently Munch was pulling a Trollmax. I missed it too.

  9. Not there yet Says:

    Everyone talks about our receivers but I would be more than ok if we were known for having the best tight end combo in the league for the next 10 years

  10. Dave Pear Says:

    Not there yet,

    Kind of like the Pats had with Gronk and Hernandez before Hernandez went a little maniacal.

  11. DB55 Says:

    Also in the story is Howard sharing that he got into the ice cream business back in Alabama, O.J.’s Frozen Treats.
    McIceCream strikes again.

    Fascinating how a young man can open a business but not a bank account and I think he has a 4 year college degree too. I’m sure it’s not just O.J. either.

  12. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Send OJ’s Frozen Treats to Florida for Training Camp so McCoy can treat the team.

  13. Buc4life Says:

    Our educational system is a fluffing joke…teach kids how to be offended at the drop of a dime…that you can be any sex you want…but don’t teach them how to pay bills or anything they might actually use in the real world

  14. Ugandan Knuckles Says:

    I could go for a frozen treat right now. Unfortunately I don’t live in Alabama. That’s probably the only time I’ll ever say that.

  15. Rod Munch Says:

    Wow, people don’t get Caddyshack references anymore? Whenever I think of someone with checks worth tens of thousands laying around really only one thing comes to mind.


  16. SB Says:

    I didn’t get to see your comment Rod as I was at work but I agree. Caddyshack references should be Universally understood. 🙂

  17. Rod Munch Says:

    SB – Yeah I just referenced the entire scene with Chevy and the chick who finds his stack of checks, just putting myself in place of Chevy. I think they got triggered because I said I Cosby’ed her drink – which is what happens in the movie as he puts some sort of pill in her water.

    I really don’t understand how you can be a sports fan, or a male, and not know every scene of Caddyshack. The world is becoming a sad and dark place. Next thing you know if you try to quote Blazing Saddles the police will be called.

  18. unbelievable Says:

    Ice Cream business?

    Oh man where are DB and tmax lol?

  19. unbelievable Says:

    well chit, there you are DB! Must have missed it.

  20. Bucnjim Says:

    Congrats young man! It really is a fantastic feeling of stability when you can forget you even have a check that needs to be cashed. On a side note to Caddy Shack: Rodney Dangerfield is finally getting respect! Cheers to you and RIP!!

  21. Buc50 Says:

    Lots of people who come from poor environments have no idea about writing or cashing checks. People should be happy that he is well grounded and not walking around flashing money all over the place. It speaks more to his character than people realize.

  22. adam from ny Says:

    feelthepewterpower Says:

    Send OJ’s Frozen Treats to Florida for Training Camp so McCoy can treat the team.

    yeah they can all go to mccoy’s mancave after practice and eat ice cream and read comic books while watching the telle tubbies on the big flat screen…

    for a minute i thought our team got tougher…hehe…haha…lol

  23. adam from ny Says:

    these boys need to lift weights, watch porn and keep the keesters full during the season…like a professional fighter doesn’t have sex for a couple months before a fight…then he enters the ring like a rabid savage…if these guys can keep their sack’s full, maybe on gameday they will be oozing that beastly nature at kickoff…the buc’s locker room will be jailhouse style !

    lol – just sayin’!

    no weed, no orgasms…but it’s ok to watch porn…lol

    give these guys salty peters at the start of training camp…and play porn on all locker room big tv’s

  24. adam from ny Says:

    no more freakin’ ping pong either!…ping pong is for punks…after a good workout or practice — it’s “beer pong” for these boys!…guzzle like men…or for that matter guzzle like drunkin’ sailors in a massage parlor!!!

    boys to men…abc..bbd

  25. adam from ny Says:

    and the glazer’s should tell the players “don’t worry about helmet to helmet…just play…we got you on the fines”…

    just go out there and be oakland raiders 1980’s nasty…be a bad ass football team…carry a big stick…swing it too…

    speak softly and carry a big mofo stick – swing it too!

  26. adam from ny Says:

    after losses all wives and girlfriends should deny a buc player any poonany too…

    win and your in mentality!

    you wanna be in the pudding?…well win!

    “win rocky win”…said adrian

  27. SB Says:

    I’m with Buc 50. At least he isn’t out at the club makin’ it rain.
    Good kid there from what all I’ve read.

  28. __TGH__ Says:

    Dear Lord… he can’t balance a check book AND he is funding a business with his parents overseeing it. Someone please help this guy.

    OJ, if you are reading this, have the team put you in touch with someone at Raymond James (I’m sure the team has connections). Create a trust, have a lawyer and an accountant as executors and direct deposit your checks straight to the account. They will be the buffer you need between YOUR money and everyone else who is looking to benefit. Tell NO ONE you are doing this; it will be the best decision you ever make.

  29. DB55 Says:

    The kid is great, the parents are great. Allah is great

  30. JAB83 Says:

    Sorry if its redundant and this is not in support of the haters….

    But Im sure the joke is worth the comment…

    Ice Cream Man!!! Com on man… We already have one on our team!!!

    LOL… Love you McCoy… Time to serve the hars stuff… You know… A can of…..

  31. Buddy Says:

    Doesn’t Koetter have a player engagement member on his staff and they are always bragging how well they prepare players for after football. Another huge fail by KluelessKoetter and his staff.

  32. Ben the GA Buc Says:

    Buddy Says:
    May 11th, 2018 at 7:00 am
    Doesn’t Koetter have a player engagement member on his staff and they are always bragging how well they prepare players for after football. Another huge fail by KluelessKoetter and his staff.
    Uh, probably the actual player would have some responsibility here to make use of such a service. I imagine these players, as normal human beings, would want as little hand-holding as possible.