Pewter Report debuted a new season-long weekend feature last season called Fifth Down that showcased some of the Bucs’ players each week to reveal what they are like off of the football field. We decided to bring it back and this week in The Fifth Down we spoke with with rookie tight end O.J. Howard.

The Fifth Down is brought to you each week by Ford’s Garage.

Question: Who has been the toughest player you’ve faced in the NFL or college?
“ (Jets and former LSU safety) Jamal Adams. He is a really good ball player. He does a good job in coverage and in the run game. I played him in college a lot. He loves the game. He plays hard and competes. He is always a guy I just enjoyed playing against.”

Photo: Alan Cross Instagram

Question: If stranded on a deserted island with a teammate, who would it be?
“Honcho. Alan Cross is my boy. I know he is going to be down for anything. If we have to do something crazy he is going to be ready to do it. If we have to kill something to eat, he will be right there with me, ready.”

Question: Who is your celebrity crush?

Photo by: Getty Images

“I got so many of them, for real, but probably Rihanna. She is bad man. You look at her and she is just a pretty woman. She is cool, down to earth, and talented, so I know she would be chill.”

Question: Which deceased person would you like to bring back to have dinner with?
“I would take my grandma. I was in the sixth grade when she passed away. Where I’m at now, I think she would be happy to hear about what I had to go through to get here now. She would be happy for me. It would be just one night, but I would probably get all that in.”

Question: What is the worst song that you could possibly get stuck in your head?
“The Barney song. The theme song to Barney was a bad one.”

Ford’s Garage is a Prime Burger and Craft Beer restaurant. Not only do they have Black Angus but Kobe Beef and Bison. The unique design and vibe is that of a 1920’s service station. Our authentic Ford Model T’s are suspended over the bars and outside the restaurants.  Happy Hour is from 11-7 Monday-Friday, and they offer a premium well pour that is $4.00 all day, everyday. Their premium well consist of Stoli, Bacardi, Tanqueray, Jim Beam and Cuervo.

Ford’s Garage is growing in Florida with 2 restaurants currently in Brandon and Wesley Chapel. The WestChase/Citrus Park area location opened in August and Countryside is scheduled to open in November. Lakeland is projected to open the 1st of January and St.Pete in February of 2018.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]


  1. Wait a minute, did HATE answer those questions?

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  2. Get the D**n ball in his hands!!!

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  3. Cook, why in the name of God would you put a video clip of that awful, awful song? What. The. Hell? After the Minnesota game you put that crap on here? Are you trying to get every Buc fan to jump off a bridge?

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    • Lol! No one forced you to click it. But I have to each week to make sure the song works and plays. So now I have a medley of Barney, It’s a Small Word from Cam Brate, and Adam’s Taylor Swift song stuck in my head on rotation.

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      • I DIDN’T click it. Just seeing the freeze frame is enough. I have four daughters. The flashbacks you brought up are vicious. It’s Friday for God’s sake. Do you realize WHAT YOU’VE DONE?

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        • Embrace it my friend, they will be in college and married in two weeks.

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          • Well played, Cook. Well played.

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