The New GMCApril 17th, 2013
Joe always had a fondness for Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy while fans tried to run him out of town when he struggled early in his career and was often hurt. McCoy showed last year just what kind of player he can be when healthy, and oh yeah, had some coaching.
In his first full season healthy, GMC made the Pro Bowl. Many NFLers would be leaning on that experience, but not GMC. Whatever happened in 2012 is history and GMC has turned the page. Quickly, as Woody Cummings of The Tampa Tribune pointed out.
“I’m not a Pro Bowler — not anymore,’’ McCoy said Tuesday, the second day of Tampa Bay’s offseason program. “That was last year. I haven’t done anything this year. Right now, I’m just a guy. That’s my motivation.’’.
Now Joe knows words can be empty and actions speak louder than any words. But GMC had the look in his eye Tuesday of a man driven to play January football. When he uttered the line above, he looked straight ahead with zero emotion. The same type of reaction you might get from a guy if you asked, “Hey, did you ever go to grade school?”
Joe hopes this attitude permeates One Buc Palace. There is time to work and time to play. You put in the work, you can play in January.
Yeah, it’s only April. But Joe liked what little he got to see — and hear — from GMC Tuesday.