After DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goodell spoke to NFL draft picks Wednesday, they made a surprise trip to the Bucs’ informal minicamp at IMG Academies.
While Smith greeted the players, Goodell mostly stayed on the sidelines according to Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times. That makes sense because of the tension between players and Goodell at the moment, but at least one Bucs player was happy to see Goodell.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy went to the sideline to give Goodell a bear hug, much like the one he gave Goodell at the draft last year.
“I don’t know how my teammates feel about me right now,” McCoy said. “I was his friend before the lockout. I’m not going to not be his friend because of the lockout. . . . But he was with Smith, so that’s a good sign. I’m optimistic about that. When I saw him, I gave him a hug and everybody was like, ‘Really?’ I don’t care. They’ll get over it.”
It’s good to see that even a work stoppage can’t hold down a true bromance like the one McCoy and Goodell share.