Gerald McCoy says coaches were upset with him for helping up an opponent

Gerald McCoy is not the type of person that you would want to meet in the trenches. At 6’4″ and 300 pounds McCoy, a former pro bowler, is an imposing presence. However for being such a large strong man he has streaks of kindness that his coaches aren’t necessarily happy about.

“I had my D-line coaches get on to me the other day. Well, not get on to me, try to get on to me. There’s no way they’re going to get on to me for this. They got upset with my because I helped somebody up [in the game.] So what! I don’t care. Kiss my butt. Listen, if I want to help somebody, I’m going help somebody up. Because right on the next play I’m going to knock him down again. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter.

“That doesn’t change how hard I play. As long as in between the whistles. I’m not helping anybody up, it doesn’t matter. So what if I help them off the ground? ‘Good job; we’re out here competing. But as soon as they snap the ball, I’m going to kill you again.’

“There’s nothing wrong with that. Everybody’s not like that. If you don’t want to be like that, keep it to yourself. I don’t care. I don’t go tell them, ‘Hey, you’re not doing this. You’re not doing that.’ I don’t care. Everybody does what they do. If I help somebody up, get over it. Get over it.”

I’m not opposed to McCoy showing sportsmanship but many coaches don’t feel the same way, for a variety of reasons.


  1. says

    I agree with McCoy. Some people would call it sportsmanship; after all it is still a game. The fact that he gives a leg up shows that he has his job in perspective. Why not help a man up when you know you are going to knock him down again? Like he said, the coach need be concerned only about his play between the whistles. When the ball is blown dead what a player does on the field as long as it doesn’t bring a penalty or embarass the team should not be a point of contention with a coach.

  2. Tim says

    With all of the other problems the Bucs have, I would think that good sportsmanship would be something praised not scolded. I realize that it is frustrating to have a record of 0-8, so to keep your composure and show the poise to help up an opposing player is commendable.

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