Gerald McCoy: Born LeaderMay 30th, 2013
Last week, Joe was impressed hearing rookie defensive end Steven Means talk about all the leaders on the Bucs defense.
In particular, Means praised Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy for being a hands-on leader, pulling Means aside and giving him pointers, explaining why the moves will benefit him, and teaching him to perform tasks.
So yesterday at One Buc Palace after OTA practice, Joe took a brief moment to chat with GMC and ask him about his work with Means and other rookies. GMC sort of shrugged his shoulders, as if to say his taking rookies under his wing is the way veterans should act.
“That is just me,” said GMC, who is getting married in a few weeks. “I wasn’t raised to really, step back and watch. If you see something that needs to be done, go deal with it.
“Honestly, I believe it is a gift from God just to lead. You see a lot of vets and when they see rookies come around they say, ‘Ah, he’s just a rookie.’ I don’t believe that. If they are on the team, then we need them. We need them to win so I want them to be good so we can all win.”
Man, you talk about the ultimate teammate. If anyone on the Bucs could big league rookies, it would be GMC, coming off his first Pro Bowl and now an established stud in the middle.
But GMC puts team goals ahead of some perceived seniority ca-ca. That’s a Buccaneer Man.