Gerald McCoy: I’ll never say anything bad about Tampa
The tides may be changing for Gerald McCoy, but the Carolina Panthers' newest acquisition wants to be sure the record is directly on his time as a Buccaneer.
On the latest edition of the RapSheet + Friends podcast, McCoy took a moment to pare the curtain back and passionately address his tenure with the Bucs, amidst various reports coming out in recent weeks regarding his connection with the organization that released him on May 20 after nine decades of service.
"Lots of individuals believe I, I don't understand, turned my back on them or disrespected them. I'll never do this. I will never say anything bad about Tampa. I'll never
say anything negative about Tampa," McCoy told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. "It doesn't matter how long was said about me personally; it will not be reciprocated because I understand that organization changed my life and the time that I had there was fantastic.
"The fans, all of the coaches I experienced, each of the gamers I experienced, my whole time in Tampa was a joy and something I'll never forget. But what happens for a reason and my time in Tampa simply came to a conclusion."
McCoy went on to emphasise his ideas on loyalty, saying that, while he'll never forget his former staff, he is a Carolina Panthernow and that his new club will probably get"all of Gerald" at every facet. In addition, he made certain to highlight NFL greats such as Warren Sapp and Randy Moss as gamers who made a lasting legacy with their first team before departing for greener pastures and keeping their standing as game-changers.
McCoy might no longer be at Tampa, but, provided that the production remains there in Charlotte, he should not have any trouble crafting a new identity as a member of the Panthers' defensive front.