Gerald McCoy: I’ll never say anything bad about Tampa
The tides may be changing for Gerald McCoy, but the Carolina Panthers' newest acquisition wishes to be certain that the record is directly on his time as a Buccaneer.
On the latest edition of the RapSheet + Friends podcast, McCoy took a minute to peel back the curtain and passionately address his tenure with the Bucs, amidst various reports coming out in recent weeks regarding his relationship with the organization that introduced him on May 20 after nine years of service.
"Lots of individuals believe that I, I don't know, turned my back to them or disrespected them. I will never do this. I will never say anything bad
about Tampa. I will never say anything negative concerning Tampa," McCoy told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. "It isn't important how much negative was said about me; it will not be reciprocated because I know that organization changed my life and the time I had there was fantastic.
"The lovers, all the coaches I experienced, all the gamers I experienced, my entire time in Tampa was a joy and something I'll never forget. But everything happens for a reason and my time in Tampa simply came to an end."
McCoy went on to reiterate his thoughts on loyalty, stating that, while he will never forget his former staff, he'sa Carolina Panther now and that his new team will get"all Gerald" at every aspect. In addition, he made certain to emphasize NFL greats such as Warren Sapp and Randy Moss as gamers that made a lasting legacy with their first team before leaving for greener pastures and keeping their status as game-changers.
McCoy might no longer be in Tampa, but, provided that the creation remains there in Charlotte, he should not have any trouble crafting a new identity as a member of the Panthers' defensive front.