O.J. Howard climbed from a tiny high school to become the top TE in the 2017 NFL Draft

With the 19th pick in this year’s NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected O.J. Howard, marking only the second time a tight end’s been taken in the first twenty picks since 2010. Watch his performances against Clemson in the last two National Championships and it’s easy to see why.

Game Youth Jordin Tootoo Jersey But long before NFL scouts knew his name, Howard had to battle for recognition at tiny Autauga Academy in Prattville, Alabama.

Howard would have been on display for college recruiters if he ended up at Prattville High School like he expected to. After spending a summer working out with football players from the high school he thought he’d attend, rezoning moved him to Autauga Academy — a school with 273 students compared to the 2,033 students at Prattville.

It was a just a way to get fans to the ballpark, then-Rangers outfielder and later TV analyst Tom Grieve said, according to an MLB.com report. That sentiment likely in line with what the Rockets want to achieve.

But that was before the mayhem ensued. It began with fans launching remarks at the players and throwing objects from the stands.

And then, according to the MLB.com report, this happened:
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Things came to a head in the ninth, after the Indians had tied the game at 5-5 and put the potential winning runner on second. A fan jumped over the outfield wall and flipped the cap off right fielder Jeff Burroughs’ head. The story goes that Burroughs, then in the midst of an MVP season, tried to kick the fan and stumbled to the ground. Martin, thinking the fan had tackled Burroughs, told his men to grab bats and rush to Burroughs’ defense. The Indians then left their dugout in the Rangers’ defense.