The Associated Press today revealed its annual All-Pro team, which includes Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who was awarded second-team designations from the delegation of 50 Associated Press voters.
Today’s announcement marks McCoy’s second consecutive season earning All-Pro honors, marking the first time that Tampa Bay has had a player earn All-Pro distinction in consecutive seasons since Ronde Barber (first team 2004-05, second team 2006). McCoy is only the fourth Buccaneers defensive lineman to earn multiple All-Pro selections, joining Simeon Rice (first team 2002, second team 2003), Warren Sapp (second team 1997-98, first team 1999-2002) and Lee Roy Selmon (first team 1979, second team 1978, 1980, 1982).
McCoy, who earned his third consecutive Pro Bowl berth this season, was originally selected by Tampa Bay third overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. He started all 13 games he played in this season, leading all Buccaneers players with 8.5 sacks, while also adding 35 tackles, including 13 for loss, three passes defensed and one forced fumble. McCoy’s 8.5 sacks are tied for the third-most by a defensive tackle in the NFL this year, and his 23.0 sacks over the past three seasons are tied for the most by any defensive tackle in the league during that timeframe. McCoy’s 13 tackles for loss were the second-most by a Tampa Bay defender this year and tied for the fourth-most in the NFL by a defensive tackle.
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