Random thoughts: McCoy wanted his number retired

by Gary Shelton on June 23, 2019 · 0 comments

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Sunday, 4 p.m.

For the record, I like Gerald McCoy. I thought he gave more than that he got while he was in Tampa.

But McCoy is the latest in a series of athletes who wants to be honored for things that have nothing to do with his play.

McCoy was miffed that the Bucs immediately gave his jersey No. 93 to Ndamukong Suh, his replacement at defensive tackle. He found a slight in it, which kind of feeds the image of McCoy being overly impressed with being McCoy.

"When (Warren) Sapp left, John Lynch, (Derrick Brooks), Lee Roy Selmon, Ronde Barber, when all these guys left, nobody wore their number," McCoy said. "They didn't give their number away, and it was a sign of respect. Well, six Pro Bowls, All-Pro four times, this is Tampa Bay, and I'm one of the best players to ever play in the organization."

Okay, let's analyze. McCoy is nowhere near the player that Sapp, Brooks and Selmon were. Those guys are in the Hall of Fame. McCoy isn't, and with zero playoff games on his resume, he's not likely to be (a lot of players have made six Pro Bowls). Every player that McCoy listed, except for Selmon, won a Super Bowl. Lynch has been a regular finalist for the Hall. Barber made the best play in the history of the playoffs. And all of them made several playoffs.

The difference here, Gerald, is timing. The Bucs didn't sign another former Pro Bowler to take the place of Sapp, Brooks, Selmon, Brooks or Barber. If someone else had worn those jerseys, odds are no one would have noticed.

Here's a difference, too. McCoy made far, far more money than those five guys. Perhaps that's the number that should satisfy him.

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