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Former JT star returns home

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Standing in front of John Tyler students, parents and coaches, former Lion Tim Crowder apologized.  A few years ago Crowder was asked to speak at the John Tyler football banquet and he declined.  The former John Tyler and Texas Longhorns star is pretty shy.  Crowder says he never liked public speaking.  When Dereck Rush came calling again this year, Crowder was happy to accept the second time around.

"It's a blessing to be able to come back," said Crowder at St. Louis Baptist Church in Tyler.  "I sat in those same chairs as those guys right that's in there now. I never in a million years thought I be there speaking some day."

Crowder has spent the last five seasons in the NFL.  The Tampa Buccaneers defensive end had a message for the current John Tyler Lions.

"Be who you are, be happy and be humble," said Crowder.

Crowder's 2011 NFL season came to early end after suffering a concussion.  Crowder missed the final four games.  The East Texan says he's fine now and ready to return to the field under new Bucs head coach Greg Schiano.

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