Goodell Credits McCoy For Draft-Hug SillinessJune 4th, 2012
Anyone watching the NFL Draft has noticed the rather romantic embraces many draft picks give Roger Goodell, and how the commishioner can’t seem to get a enough touching.
Perhaps this relatively new phenomenon is just a ratings ploy by Goodell, an effort to get people talking and watching after a name is called, versus running to the fridge for more beer or heading out to take the dog for a quick squirt.
Regardless, Goodell was asked about the intimate hugs last week by Sports Business Daily during an interesting and wide-sweeping interview. He credited Gerald McCoy for getting the ball rolling in 2010.
Q: What’s up with the NFL draft hugs? They’re getting uncomfortably long.
Goodell: It’s funny. I meet with all the draft-eligible players the day before. They always ask: what’s that moment like? These kids have been dreaming about this and working towards this. This is their moment. They’ve finally made it into the NFL. There was no surprise for Andrew [Luck]. He knew the Colts were taking him but when he walked out on the stage it was that moment of achievement and triumph. For me, to be part of that, is a cool thing. But these guys, they wrap you up. The first guys that did it to me was Gerald McCoy a few years ago. He hit me so hard I thought I was going off the stage.
Joe certainly hopes this is not how McCoy is remembered when the annals of Bucs history are written.