PROP forward Eorl Crabtree swapped his rugby shirt for a cap and gown.
And the Giant was delighted to receive a special award from Huddersfield University.
The 27-year-old received an Honorary Fellowship, granted for his 10 years of loyal service to the Huddersfield Giants and the town.
It means he can use the letters Hon Fellow after his name if he wants.
Eorl, instantly recognisable for his flowing blond locks, brought along to the ceremony his proud gran Margaret Pearson, mum Lesley Pounder, dad Jerry Crabtree and wife Helen Crabtree.
The former Honley High School pupil told the Examiner: “I’m massively proud and it is also a very proud moment for my family.
“It’s a very different experience for me.
“I’m usually dressed in shorts and T-shirt and now I’m dressed in a hat and gown – I’m totally out of my comfort zone.
“It’s a bit strange, I didn’t know what to expect and what a big deal it all was until I got here.
“I’ve met Patrick Stewart and even one of the Queen’s representatives; everyone has been so nice and friendly.
“It’s a really relaxed atmosphere and the best bit about it is I’ve got to meet all the honorary graduates from all walks of life.”
During his 10 years as a Giant, Eorl has played a key role in the club’s transition from Super League strugglers to one of the most formidable sides in the game, regularly challenging for top cups.
Off the pitch he’s been an ambassador for his club and home town, which the university, sponsors of the Giants, wanted to recognise with the award.
Eorl, currently the Giants’ longest-serving player, has also spent much of his spare time supporting local charities and making public appearances.
At 6ft 6in Eorl is currently the tallest player in Super League. He said: “It’s really strange how fast the 10 years have gone.
“I started when I was 17 and now I’m 27. I’ve done so much in 10 years: it has been very eventful.
“I was born in Cleethorpes but we moved to Huddersfield when I was two; so I see myself as being from here.
“I’ve never really wanted to play for anybody else: I’ve had offers, but I’ve turned them all down.
“My heart has always been here. I’ve wanted to achieve something with Huddersfield and also play for England with some of the other Huddersfield players.”
Eorl has made more than 220 appearances for the Giants and has also become a regular member of the England squad.
He is the nephew of the professional wrestler Shirley “Big Daddy” Crabtree.