Bucs’ Doug Martin hugs it out with ref who happened to be his old high school principal

Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin was happy to see a familiar face Sunday.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin doesn’t even need to return to his high school for a reunion.

They come to him.

During the Bucs’ season opener against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Martin was pleasantly surprised to see a familiar face in referee Peter Morelli.

As it turns outs, Morelli is the principal of St. Mary’s High School in Stockton, Calif. –€” the school Martin attended –€” and he also happens to be an NFL ref who was assigned the Bucs-Panthers game.

Martin made a point to go over and greet Morelli with a big hug before kickoff, so we’re just guessing the running back didn’t spend too much time in the principal’s office during his high school days.

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