Gerald McCoy has gained a fan that is very familiar with both the Oklahoma Sooners and McCoy’s new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I am so impressed with him,” said Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon said to The Tampa Tribune of McCoy. “He is very talented, but I’m so impressed with him as a person. You can tell he’s a guy of great character. You know he’s going to be there and you can depend on him.
“He has the ambition to be the best he can be, and he’ll work hard to do that. He wants to learn as much as he possibly can, absorb as much as possible.”
If anyone knows about being a quality defensive football, it is Selmon.
While playing for the Oklahoma Sooners, Selmon was one of three Selmon brothers to star for one of the greatest Oklahoma defenses in the school’s history.
While at Oklahoma, Selmon won the Lombardi and Outland Trophy before being the first player chosen in the 1976 NFL draft by the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played for Tampa Bay for nine years, finishing his career with 742 tackles and 78.5 sacks.
In 1994, he became the first Sooner to be inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame and in 1995, the first Sooner to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.
When looking at Selmon’s accomplishments, it is clear Gerald McCoy has a lot to live up to. His first game for the Buccanears ended with no numbers on the stat board but he still impressed coaches. His film grade for the first week was 78. Anything above 75 is considered good.
McCoy is critical of his performance and just wants to get better.
“It was all right,” McCoy said. “The weather didn’t help out that much, but you can’t use that as a crutch, you can’t use it as an excuse. You have to play through it. Things are not always 100 percent in this game, in this league. But you have to adapt to your environment.
“It was nerve-wracking the whole time, but I’ll let it go this week. When I have a chance to make a play, just make it and take advantage of my opportunities.”
Gerald McCoy’s next game will be at home against Kansas City on Saturday, August 21.
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