On the eve of the season opener against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, the Buccaneers' players voted among themselves and announced their team captains.
On Friday the Buccaneers announced their team captains for the upcoming 2012 season, naming quarterback Josh Freeman and Vincent Jackson as offensive captains, defensively Ronde Barber and Gerald McCoy nabbed the honors, and on special teams Adam Hayward and Andrew Economos received the coveted distinction.
Freeman, Barber, and Adam Hayward were also team captains in the 2011.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, received the team-voted honor for the first time. McCoy was pleasantly surprised by the nomination and felt privileged that his teammates would view him as a leader.
“Yes, it actually was (a surprise),” McCoy said. “I didn’t put in any campaign or (anything). I just [am] being myself. I told you guys when I first got to Tampa I was born to be a leader and that’s what I am going to be. That’s who they drafted be to be. That’s what I work to be. Apparently I have done enough to where my teammates want to put me in that position and that’s where they believe I should be. I would be doing them a disservice to not wear the title proudly. So that’s what I am going to do.
“Yes, [I] just love these guys and for them to think that much of me…(you) can’t beat it.” –Victoria Horchak contributed to this report
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