The Past And The Future Meet

May 1st, 2010

It was a meeting Bucs fans can only hope is more than trivial.

It was one Sooner hugging another.

It was one Hall of Famer embracing what Bucs fans pray is another Bucs Hall of Famer some 20 years from now.

At his first practice as a Bucs player, defensive end Gerald McCoy spotted Bucs and Sooners legend Lee Roy Selmon on Friday. Joe will let eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune explain the rest.

McCoy, the third overall pick in last week’s draft, spotted ex-Buccaneer Lee Roy Selmon on the sideline and jogged over to embrace the Hall of Fame defensive end – with head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik looking on in approval.

“I looked out and said, ‘It’s him,’ ” said McCoy, who is expected to start immediately at the under tackle position Warren Sapp defined in Tampa. “I’ve met everybody I wanted to meet now. I met (new Hall of Fame defensive tackle) John Randle at the draft, met Warren Sapp, I already know (Bears defensive tackle) Tommie Harris and I wanted to meet Lee Roy Selmon. It was a great experience.

McCoy and Selmon are former Oklahoma Sooners. Both were first-round draft picks of the Bucs, Selmon the first in franchise history at No. 1 overall in 1976.

Joe can only dream of GMC having a career that would warrent Hall of Fame discussion.

Before Joe gets that far down the road, perhaps GMC should be talking to the next in line after Selmon for Bucs Hall of Fame defensive lineman, Warren Sapp.

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