Gerald McCoy: I’ll never say anything negative about Tampa

AP

In what many saw as a sign of disrespect, the Buccaneers handed Gerald McCoy‘s jersey number to McCoy’s replacement, Ndamukong Suh, only days after releasing McCoy. They ushered McCoy out the door after nine seasons, saying he “just didn’t fit” their defense.

McCoy signed with the Panthers, giving him two chances to play his old team this season and however many seasons he’s in Carolina.

But McCoy, proving again what a class act he is, made it clear Tuesday that he has nothing but respect for the Bucs and appreciates the chance they gave him in drafting him in the first round in 2010.

“I don’t want it to be misconstrued the respect I have for the Buccaneers organization and how much I appreciate what they’ve done for me,” McCoy said on Ian Rapoport’s podcast, via a transcript from Greg Auman from TheAthletic.com. “A lot of people think I’ve turned my back on them or disrespected them. I’ll never do that.

“I’ll never say anything bad about Tampa. I’ll never say anything negative about Tampa. It doesn’t matter how much negative was said about me. It’ll never be reciprocated, because I know that organization changed my life. The time I had there was great.”

18 responses to “Gerald McCoy: I’ll never say anything negative about Tampa

  1. “In what many saw as a sign of disrespect, the Buccaneers handed Gerald McCoy‘s jersey number to McCoy’s replacement, Ndamukong Suh,”
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    Suh wore 93 in Nebraska, Miami and with the Rams… Seriously, you guys seem to get offended by everything small and petty. It’s just a number.

  2. akira1971 says:
    June 11, 2019 at 2:27 pm
    “In what many saw as a sign of disrespect, the Buccaneers handed Gerald McCoy‘s jersey number to McCoy’s replacement, Ndamukong Suh,”
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    Suh wore 93 in Nebraska, Miami and with the Rams… Seriously, you guys seem to get offended by everything small and petty. It’s just a number.
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    Exactly what I was coming down here to say, but akira being first beat me to it. So all I can really say now is what Patrick Swayze said to Demi Moore in “Ghost.”

    Ditto

  3. In what some see as a sign of disrespect, the Bucs only paid Gerry $115 million over his career so far, not the $128 million he would have made if they kept him for another year.

  4. McCoy seems easy to root for… Suh, not so much.
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    He was actually very frustrating at times to root for. But hey, I can say that about almost everyone in the organization, especially #3.

  5. It’s refreshing to hear comments like this in the NFL these days. A lot of other NFL players could learn a lot from this guy. Besides, what should he care about what people say about him. He’s been in the NFL for nine years and made a lot of money. Why should he care what a bunch of people who never played in the NFL think.

    I am not a Panthers fan but I am now a Gerald McCoy fan.

  6. To be clear, McCoy does respects the Bucs organization. They did draft him and he was always treated with respect before. His problems in Bruce Arians and the way Arinas treated McCoy. I’m convinced McCoy signed with Carolina to be able to show Arians made a mistake calling McCoy out of shape, and lazy. Pretty much saying McCoy was the reason the Bucs underpreformed on defense. That was simply untrue and uncalled for. You don’t say negative things about a player that often played hurt and was considered the heart and sole of that defense. Arians should have known better. As a Buc fan, I like Arians as a coach, but I’ve lost a ton of respect for Arians for the way he handle the McCoy situation!

  7. thegreatgabbert says:
    June 11, 2019 at 3:13 pm
    “Never say anything bad about Tampa… uhh… what’s it called?… Bay! Yeah, Tampa Bay

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    I went to college in the ‘Tampa Bay’ area and never in my 4 years did I ever hear that term used. Not…Once.

    The team (I assume) is called Tampa Bay so St. Pete and Clearwater, which are ON The Bay called ‘Tampa Bay’, feel more inclined to be a part of the team.

    Locals and people who came to college from other places called them ‘The Bucs’.

    If you REALLY want to think of the possible deep psychological reasoning, maybe, just maybe he’s referring to the town and the fans and NOT the team. But most guys always shorten the name of their team and nickname, if possible. NY Knickerbockers? NY Metropolitans? (um…the Mets)

    Did he say ‘Bucs’? No

    He said ‘Tampa’. One could infer he meant everyone from the fans to the team. I’d give him the benefit of the doubt. Especially since the only time anyone refers to Tampa Bay is when an announcer says it or someone writes it.

    PS: If you still don’t get it and you are from Florida: What school is called ‘Southern’? Florida Southern. Ask one of their baseball players what school they go to and what’s their nickname. They are going to say ‘Southern’ and ‘Mocs’ (real nickname ‘Moccasins’). I hope you understand.

  8. What a strong , professional and nice thing for Mr. McCoy to say about Tampa. By the way the name Tampa Bay is for marketing purposes only. The city proper is of course Tamp, but ‘Bay’ incorporates the entire bay area, making them feel a closeness to the team. The hope was to generate a fanbase covering a wide area. That’s pretty simple. Hearing him say Tampa, I’ll bet the fanbase knows what he’s saying.

    I am a Panthers fan and guess what, the team is based in Charlotte, NC. They are called the Carolina Panthers to include both states, which broadens the fanbase. It’s not that hard.

    New England is another example.

  9. I went to college in the ‘Tampa Bay’ area and never in my 4 years did I ever hear that term used. Not…Once.

    The team (I assume) is called Tampa Bay so St. Pete and Clearwater, which are ON The Bay called ‘Tampa Bay’, feel more inclined to be a part of the team.
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    How long ago was that? “Tampa Bay” is what the entire metro area is called. I live here and we say “Tampa Bay” area for a lot of things. I see and hear “Tampa Bay” on a lot of things, especially media related . Ever hear of the local news paper, the “Tampa Bay Times”? All of the local TV news stations use “Tampa Bay” when referring to the area in general.

    If you’re referring to a team when saying just Tampa, we understand it’s the team and fans. However, if you say that you live in Tampa I know which side of the Bay that you live on. When I’m out of state, I might say that I live in the Tampa Bay area for people that don’t know the area because I live on the beach, on the other side of the Bay from Tampa. However, my point is us locals often use Tampa Bay when referring to the entire area, mainly Hernando & Pinellas counties.

  10. 1976 to 1980. So, the team’s name took hold. You wouldn’t have said that 40 years ago. You would have been Clearwater Beach which is near Tampa. You would have been from Madeira Beach which is near St Pete.

    So yeah, a long time ago. No one EVER called it that. So ask your parents or grandparents, if you’re not first generation.

    The team’s name changed that. I never said I went to college in the Tampa Bay area. Not now, not ever. I name the town and the closest ‘large’ town/city near it, which happens to be Tampa. Us old folks say ‘near’ not ‘area’. Or suburbs of.

    I live in the NYC suburbs. I live near NYC. I don’t live in the NYC area, although I do, we just don’t call it that. They might say that in Jersey. I don’t know.

    I live a fairway wood from the CT border. I would then live in Ct aka New England. New England has always been used. Tampa Bay, only since the Bucs adopted the name just before I was starting college.

    PS: Someone from S/W Ct. (Fairfield County) generally does not identify with New England. They are a NYC suburb but they would say the live in or near Greenwich. Most are NY sports fans.

  11. 1976 to 1980.
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    Okay, fair enough but times have changed. Tampa, St Pete, Clearwater is now considered one metro area which is referred to as Tampa Bay.. Actually my parents live outside of Dallas, which is often called the Metroplex, referring to the Dallas / Fort Worth metro area.

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