Sunday’s contest in Detroit will feature two of the most dominant defensive players in the league today. Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy will meet for the third time in their professional careers since being selected second and third overall, respectively, in the 2010 NFL Draft.
While the two will never be on the field at the same time outside of the Pro Bowl, people have tried to make their matchup an individual rivalry. But according to McCoy, they have nothing but respect and high hopes for one another.
“The reality of it is, we push each other to be the best that we can be,” McCoy said. “Every time we meet up at the Pro Bowl we tell each other, ‘We said we we’re going to take this league over together, let’s keep doing it.’ That’s really all it is. If I do something good, he’s like, ‘Hey, great job.’ If he does something good, I say, ‘Hey great job, keep doing it.’ We both respect each other.”
As a former Oklahoma Sooner, McCoy knew the fellow Big 12 lineman from Nebraska long before the NFL. He believes that they’ll always be tied to one another due to their college days, and of course, the 2010 Draft. At that time the topic of ‘most dominant player’ was highly debated.
Five years later, it’s safe to say that each player has worked out well for their respective teams. And that’s exactly what McCoy cares about most. For him, it’s not how he fares in comparison to Suh, but rather how he fares in helping the Bucs win.
“We’re just going to be linked because of the draft, but there is no rivalry, there is no, ‘He’s doing this, I have to do that,’ ” McCoy said. “We’re both just trying to be the best for our teams.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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