In his first statement since getting released by the Bucs, Gerald McCoy took to his personal instagram to thank the Glazer family, the fans, and everyone in the Tampa Bay community.
Donning a batman shirt and playing batman themed music in typical McCoy fashion, he then stopped the music to begin speaking and give some acknowledgements.
“What’s up everybody?” McCoy said. “I know this is supposed to be some emotional video, some long extended thank you, but from me, to starting with the Glazer family, you guys changed my life forever by making me a Buccaneer. I grew up a Buccaneers fan, a Warren Sapp fan, and just loving the organization. All y’all changed my family’s life forever, so I’m forever grateful for that.
To all the fans, ones who loved, ones who hated me, all the writers, everybody who’s a part of of Tampa, that ones that wrote badly about me and the ones that wrote good about me. Everybody, anything including Tampa Bay, I just thank you guys. You guys made me who I am, so I love everybody. To all the fans who supported me regardless, who will continue to support me regardless, I love you guys. I am a Buccaneer forever and I will be back, I will retire as a Buc. But for now, [plays music again].”
McCoy spent nine seasons on the Bucs, and notched 54.5 sacks, 218 tackles, and 79 tackles for loss in 123 games during in his career. He ranks third all time in team history for sacks. He was an even bigger fixture in the community.
You can watch his entire video here.