Former Alabama TE O.J. Howard catches Tom Brady's first Bucs TD pass
In his Tampa Bay debut, Tom Brady scored the first Buccaneers touchdown on a signature sneak. Now Brady has his first passing TD.
Brady is well-known for throwing to tight ends. His first Tampa Bay passing TD fittingly went to a tight end, but casual NFL fans might be surprised that tight end wasn’t Rob Gronkowski. Former Alabama tight end O.J. Howard hauled in Brady’s touchdown pass.
The TD, which can be seen below, cut New Orleans’ lead to 24-13. The extra point was good, making it 24-14.
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In his first two seasons in Tampa Bay, Howard appeared in 24 games, starting 22, recording 60 receptions for 997 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Howard shared his thoughts in the offseason about the Bucs bringing in Brady.
“For me, like everyone else, I was hearing the rumors about it,” Howard told team reporter Casey Phillips. “But for me, I had to make sure it was true. When he signed and I knew it was official, it was awesome.
“Tom’s one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, so to be able to have a guy like that with the leadership ability and a known winner on your team, it’s very encouraging to hear.”