Sapp: DT McCoy ‘not even shut’ to a Bucs legend

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  • Jenna LaineESPN Workers Author


    • Lined the Buccaneers since 2009
    • Joined ESPN in 2016

TAMPA, Fla. — Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer Warren Sapp is taking concern with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive deal with Gerald McCoy‘s feedback final month claiming that he is a Ring of Honor-caliber participant and the Bucs shouldn’t have given his No. 93 jersey to Ndamukong Suh.

Sapp advised, “The factor that sort of threw me sideways was Gerald speaking about now that this group would not have a proper [to give away his 93 jersey], or it is enterprise that they moved on — you understand, they moved on,” Sapp stated.

“After which he wished to say that Sapp, [Derrick] Brooks, Lee Roy [Selmon], [John] Lynch, Ronde [Barber], no one wore their numbers. Final time I checked, these had been Corridor of Famers and champions. We did not go to at least one playoff sport with him and never one rattling divisional title, so, I believe he owes a few of these hundred million {dollars} again if you happen to go give it to me in that sense.”

McCoy was launched by the Bucs in Might and signed a one-year cope with the Carolina Panthers. In July, he appeared on FS1’s Undisputed in July, saying he felt it was disrespectful that the Bucs gave Suh his quantity.

“I am the most effective gamers to ever play within the group. I’ll say it — normally I would not, however I’ll say it. It sort of reveals the respect and the way they really feel about me,” McCoy stated.

“I earned that respect. … Tampa hasn’t been a profitable staff, and everyone knows it is exhausting to be thought-about a Professional Bowl, All-Professional particular person on a shedding staff, and I did it six years straight. That is exhausting to do. For the respect I obtained after doing that, they confirmed none, and I do not know why.”

Sapp, who served as a mentor for McCoy all through his profession, disagreed, nonetheless.

“He did not haven’t any chips in his sport. No Defensive Participant of the Yr — that is what Brooks and that is what Lee Roy Selmon did — Lynch obtained his identify in two rattling Ring of Honors,” Sapp stated. “What am I lacking right here, Gerald? You are speaking about one thing foolish. Come on, man — cease. When you’re mad, you are mad, however do not put it on the group that the group did it. Each NFL staff has to maneuver on.”

“He is a rattling good participant. A rattling good participant. However not even shut [to a legend]. You rattling certain do not get legendary standing or inform anyone to place your jersey up if you happen to do not take ’em to playoff video games [laughs]. … Not one playoff sport. Not even a wild card. I went to 9. We went 5-4.”

The third general draft decide in 2010, McCoy led the Bucs to a 52-92 document (.361), the third-worst document within the league throughout that span. He was a part of simply two profitable seasons — 2010 after they went 10-6 beneath Raheem Morris (McCoy missed the ultimate three video games that 12 months with harm) and 2016 after they went 9-7 beneath Dirk Koetter.

“Hey hear, we purchased championships and divisional titles, and that is why that wall [on the Bucs Ring of Honor] is marked up with our marking,” Sapp stated. “That is why no one wears 55, 99, 47, 20 and 63 — idiot! — 40, the A-Practice. Come on, man — idiot! That is what that’s. He is a pleasant man — good guys end final. And that is why his jersey’s getting worn [by Suh].”

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