Michael Jordan, Sapp, Ronde Inspiring McCoyAugust 10th, 2013
Gerald McCoy seemingly is doing everything he can to return to the Pro Bowl — every year.
Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio today, McCoy talked about how hoops legend Michael Jordan is inspiring him. Jordan, per McCoy, came to Bulls training camp each year and pretended he knew nothing of the team’s famous triangle offense. Jordan took fresh notes in preseason meetings to force himself through the steps of re-learning the offense. McCoy says he’s doing the same things now to better understand the Bucs’ defense and to re-learn pass rush moves.
The words of Warren Sapp and Ronde Barber are also pounding a drum inside McCoy’s head. Sapp taught McCoy that there’s no greatness without consistency, as in year after year after year. Regarding Barber, it’s about the ultimate accountability.
“Ronde, when he retired, said he left this defense in my hands,” McCoy said. “I don’t want to disappoint him and, you know, make him wrong by leaving it in my hands. But not only that, not disappoint my teammates because they’re depending on me. They’re following me. So if I’m slouching, then they’ll slouch. So if I bring it, then I’m expecting them to bring it. And I’m bringing it, I think we’ve got a pretty good shot at getting after the quarterback.”
Not only can McCoy walk the walk, he can talk the talk. (Listen to McCoy on SiriusXM NFL Radio here.)