Howard has made a significant impact across the state during his four seasons at Alabama 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference league office named Crimson Tide senior tight end O.J. Howard to its 2016 Community Service Team on Wednesday afternoon.

One of the team’s leaders on offense, Howard is a member of the team’s leadership council and has been named a game captain on numerous occasions. The senior makes an effort to be available to the fans, win or lose, always displaying a positive attitude, and goes out of his way to use his available time to contribute in the community.

Across his four seasons in Tuscaloosa, Howard has gone above and beyond what is asked of Alabama football student-athletes. Howard has spent extensive time working with the elderly and youth organizations across the state of Alabama.

He spent time at the children’s hospital in New Orleans during the team’s two trips to the Sugar Bowl and also spent time at the Dallas children’s hospital during the Tide’s trip to the 2015 Goodyear Cotton Bowl. Howard has volunteered numerous hours at retirement homes across Tuscaloosa and has made visits to the Tuscaloosa VA hospital in each of the last three years.

Most recently, Howard spent a day this summer doing a Habitat for Humanity build with his teammates. He also helped this summer in packing up football equipment for schools in West Virginia affected by the significant floods that affected the state.

The SEC names a Community Service Team for each of its 21-league sponsored sports, looking to highlight an athlete from each school who give back to his community through superior service efforts.