“He Always Finds A Different Way”

August 26th, 2015

Gerald McCoy talks about his Muhammad Ali influence

Gerald McCoy told media he studies a few greats in sports outside of football.

One guy referenced was Muhammad Ali. So Joe grabbed McCoy to dig a little deeper.

In the video below, McCoy offers some of what he’s gleaned from Ali. It could explain why McCoy went to such extreme lengths this offseason to drop weight this summer — 12 pounds in six weeks before training camp — and train alone in while barefoot in sand, and more.

McCoy mentioned that he liked how Ali “always finds a different way” to approach his craft and mission.

Not seen on video, Joe talked to McCoy about the perceived arrogance and bravado of Ali, and McCoy explained that he liked it because it was very much about being a man of the people. And McCoy hopes to be the same kind of guy with Bucs fans.

5 Responses to ““He Always Finds A Different Way””

  1. Tom Edrington Says:

    GMC too young to know how Ali really went about his training and everything else. Angelo Dundee was my college roomates uncle, we had full access to him from the time before he changed his name…..lived in the hood and ran to the Fifth St. Gym every day, Angleo gave him a $5 a day allowance…..GMC would pass out if he trained like the younger fighter we knew….when he was alway from the crowds, the guy was quiet and introspective at times, it was the treat of a lifetime to see him the way few did….Ali enjoyed the people in his neighborhood, they engulfed him but he never cared, all they wanted to do was touch him, even when he was very young, the guy had physical gifts that no fighter his size had, speed and what made him the perfect guy for Angie was his wonderful jab. Went full circle with him, last saw him at Jimmy Dundee’s house when Angie passed. So sad to see what Parkinsens has done to him.

  2. Newbucsfan Says:

    I know that you(Joe) probably called Doug Martin the muscle hamster because he wasn’t running well but now that he appears to be running well maybe you could use your platform to stop it or change his nickname. Maybe

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    Newbucsfan Says:
    August 26th, 2015 at 10:54 am

    “I know that you(Joe) probably called Doug Martin the muscle hamster because he wasn’t running well.”

    Muscle Hamster was his nickname in college.

  4. The Real Drew Says:

    Doug hasn’t wanted to be called that since he entered the NFL, but people continue it. I’ts not that hard to say or write “Doug Martin.” It’s only 3 syllables.

  5. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Always appreciate your Ali perspective.