Bucs DT Gerald McCoy will play in all 16 games for the first time in his three-year career, and now will accomplish another first – a trip to the Pro Bowl. S Ronde Barber, Wr Vincent Jackson and RB Doug Martin were named alternates.
The National Football League announced today that Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy has been named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster. It is McCoy's first career selection.
McCoy spoke to the local media shortly after the announcement was made.
"I just wanted to play a full season," McCoy sad. "But it is definitely a gift from God. You guys have always heard me say I am just trusting in God's plan. I don't know why the injuries came, but I just trusted in the Lord and his plan for my life and I guess this was according to his plan. I am really at a loss for words. This is a dream come true. I really just don't know what to say."
McCoy is in his third season with Tampa Bay since being drafted in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He has posted career highs in sacks and tackles for loss this season, while starting all 15 games for Tampa Bay. McCoy has been an anchor for the NFL's top-ranked run defense, with the Bucs ranking at the top of the league in both yards per game allowed (83.7) and yards per carry allowed (3.5).
McCoy said he wasn't thinking about the Pro Bowl when the season started.
"My goal was to be at my best for my team," McCoy said. "And by doing that, I was able to accomplish that I could show that I can actually play a little football. I just had some issues with my injuries. But my goal and focus this season was to just be at my best for my teammates."
McCoy said he still has plenty of room to grow as a football player in the NFL.
"This is just the beginning for what I plan to do," McCoy said. "I talked earlier what it was like going into an offseason without an injury, I (can now) focus more on the football aspect of it. And (instead) of that time the time I was putting into rehabbing, I could put solely on football and focus on that more."
The Buccaneers also had three players named as alternates to the Pro Bowl roster: S Ronde Barber, WR Vincent Jackson and RB Doug Martin, with Jackson and Martin being named first alternates.
The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 27, 2013 and televised live on NBC at 7:00 pm (ET) from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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