Tampa Bay Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion Warren Sapp took former Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy to task over his negative remarks about the Bucs on Fox Sports’ Undisputed show earlier this summer when McCoy and the team parted ways.

Sapp defended the Bucs organization and made those remarks on PewterReport.com’s Pewter Nation Podcast Episode 137: Sapp Uncensored where he indicated that McCoy wasn’t a Bucs legend and didn’t deserve to have his jersey number retired or not worn by another Tampa Bay player.

McCoy, a six-time Pro Bowler who signed with NFC South rival Carolina following his release, took issue with the Bucs organization making his No. 93 jersey immediately available to new defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, a five-time Pro Bowler who has worn the No. 93 jersey for the past four years playing for Miami and the Los Angeles Rams.

On PewterReport.com’s Pewter Nation Podcast, the brutally honest Sapp had some harsh words for McCoy over his stance about the No. 93 jersey among other things. Sapp’s remarks on McCoy begin at 14:07. This edition of the Pewter Nation Podcast does contain some profanity.

“The way I look at it, the thing that kind of threw me sideways was Gerald talking about now that this organization doesn’t have a right [to give away his 93 jersey], or it’s business that they moved on,” Sapp said. “You know … they moved on. And then he wanted to say that Sapp, [Derrick] Brooks, Lee Roy [Selmon], [John] Lynch, Ronde [Barber], nobody wore their numbers. Last time I checked, those were Hall of Famers and champions. We didn’t go to one playoff game with him (McCoy) and not one damn divisional title, so, I think he owes some of those hundred million dollars back in that sense.

Legendary Bucs DT Warren Sapp
Legendary Bucs DT Warren Sapp – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“If you’re going to put it up against the bad asses that run this bitch before you, you better put up some chips in this game because that’s the way it is. He didn’t have no chips in his game. No Defensive Player of the Year, and that’s what Brooks and that’s what Lee Roy Selmon did. Lynch got his name in two damn Ring of Honors. What am I missing here, Gerald? You’re talking about something silly. Come on, man – stop. If you’re mad, you’re mad, but don’t put it on the organization that the organization did it. Every NFL team has to move on.”

Sapp, who was a mentor of McCoy’s while he was in Tampa Bay, said that McCoy’s level of play didn’t rise to legendary status in his nine years playing for the Bucs from 2010-18.

“He was a damn good player – damn good player – [but] not even close,” Sapp about McCoy. “You damn sure don’t get legendary status or tell somebody to put your jersey up if you didn’t take them to any playoff games. I still remember when that bitch (Raymond James Stadium) was rocking when San Francisco came here and all them flags were waving. That was my last home playoff game. You could run that thing back any day of the week and I’ll keep watching that thing. Not one playoff game, not even a wild card [with McCoy]. I went to nine [playoff games]. We went 5-4.”

To Sapp, playoff appearances matter when it comes to the Bucs Ring of Honor, of which he is an inductee. Sapp is one of 13 Buccaneers in the Ring of Honor, joining Brooks, Selmon, Lynch, fullback Mike Alstott, tight end Jimmie Giles, left tackle Paul Gruber, quarterback Doug Williams, former head coaches John McKay, Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden, late Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer, and the team’s newest inductee, cornerback Ronde Barber. All 13 members have been a part of at least one playoff team in Tampa Bay.

Former Bucs DT Gerald McCoy - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Former Bucs DT Gerald McCoy – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

McCoy never made it to the playoffs in his nine seasons in Tampa Bay since becoming the team’s first-round pick in 2010, nor did he set any franchise records. All of his accomplishments were individual, including an impressive six Pro Bowl berths, four All-Pro appearances and winning the Buccaneers’ Man of the Year Award last year for his community service.

“Hey listen, we bought championships and divisional titles, and that’s why that wall [on the Bucs Ring of Honor] is marked up with our marking (names and jersey numbers),” Sapp said. “That’s why nobody wears 55, 99, 47, 20 and 63 – fool! – 40, the A-Train. Come on, man – fool! That’s what that is. He’s a nice guy – nice guys finish last. And that’s why his jersey’s getting worn [by Suh].”

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

54 COMMENTS

  1. I agree with Warren, McCoy was a good player but was never a great player. McCoy never took over a game like Warren did. Never made the critical plays when it mattered. Nobody in the stands ever chanted his name when we needed a big stop on defence. We chanted Warren’s name whenever we needed a big stop on D. WARREN WARREN WARREN as that chant went. Damn I miss those days of dominance by our proud defence.

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    • Yep – Rise to the occasion, something that Selmon, Sapp and even Rice could do but not McCoy – The Magician does a disappearing act instead.

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  2. Warren was never afraid to speak his mind. I didn’t always agree with him, but I do this time.

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  3. That was McCoy’s problem the whole time he was here. That’s how disconnected he is is from the goal of winning playoffs and championships. He should have never said a word knowing his whole time here was almost all losing. Selmon, Williams, Giles went to the playoffs in 79, 81 and 82. Gruber went in 97. No playoffs no glory.

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  4. The truth hurts sometimes, but when someone of Sapp’s stature speaks up about something like this, McCoy would be better served listening instead of bitching.

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  5. The Charles Barkley of the NFL. Long live the mouth!

    I love you, Sapp. You’ll always be my favorite Buc. Don’t ever change.

    ps Hey Gerald, your uncle just put the SHHHHHHH on you. So sit down.

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  6. We left a picture of you in the upper left hand corner, isn’t that good enough.

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  7. Mic Drop! 🎤

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  8. Wow…Sapp bringing the fire.

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  9. Still an asshole.

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    • @dy-nasty-d I’d rather have an asshole, gritty player like warren Sapp then an ice cream loving apologist like McCoy

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      • If your referring to McCoy apologizing for sacking Big Ben, an “apologist” is not someone who “apologizes” for something, but rather, an apologist is someone who defends a faith, or an ideology. But I agree, there’s no room for a nice guy in the trenches.

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    • Yep, I wish we a lot more assholes on this team!

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  10. Hells yeah Warren.. Gerald needs to realize we cut two HOF Buc legends. Some reason he thinks he’s more deserving?.. His pouting on the way out tarnished any “legacy” of his in my mind..

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  11. Sapp was a Hall Of Famer, and McCoy was a ball of flamer. End of story.

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  12. My take.. I don’t like it! It seems to me that Sapp don’t want ANY DT to be compared to him, bty which is safe but sounds like a bit insecure to me especially once you re a long time mentor, its beyond FOOTBALL!! Let the critics , analysts and fans do the trolling! He should let be what NFL business be what it is just like when he got shipped to Raiders! Fact is through non profit organization and teammates empowerment …Gerald had put MORE MONEY to the community than any players the organization.. PERIOD!

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    • McCoy could have retired and become a public outreach guy for the community. No, it’s about money and football – nothing else

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  13. The Buc Legend who left because he wanted more money and ended up taking less than Suh. He was a very good DT. But he couldn’t lift those around him to be better. That is the main difference between McCoy and Sapp.

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  14. Damn. Sapp just laid out some hard cold truth, sheesh.

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  15. Gerald left made a choice to play for Carolina, if he does not make playoffs with Carolina McCoy will have only the mirror to look into for blame.
    It was his decision to sign there his future in the Hall of fame was in his hands
    Because he made choice of his next team he no longer can lay blame on Tampa.
    He could have gone to a team that would have made playoffs in Cleveland or New England his choice was Carolina another dysfunctional team.
    over a small amount of money in comparison to life time earnings.

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    • Agree. He should shut up and prove everybody wrong on the field and not in the media. Talk is cheap.

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  16. you fake ass bitches, what you won’t understand about my post?? Sapp is a HOF that was given access to the organizations current players.. do you think Shelton Quarles, Lynch or current voice of Bucs Ronde will say negative things ON THE MIC?? Stay about the subject of the article and not comparison about Gerald and Sapp! Just like I had an issue With Dotson talking about Smith being cut.. if you aint got nothing nice to say then shut the fuck up because your time will come up! Unreal!

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  17. boy i still have not heard the podcast.. nothing That Sapp will say that will alter my mind about his significance! Did he mention the Defensive Coordinators that Bucs had since he left that Gerald had to adjust?? You know starting from ” Radio” Raheem Morris to ” bootcamp” Schiano to ” simple ass that” lovie, all suppose to be successors of Monte Kiffen and Marnelli! STFU CALL OUT EVERYBODY THEN!!

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    • Gerald is that you?

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  18. I love that shirt that Sapp has on. I’ve been eyeing it since I saw the practice photos of him on the field.

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  19. Gm fellas! Just heard the podcast finally and got to give Sapp credit for bringing Simeon Rice and Ronde’s outstanding career stats for HOF candidates! MR IRA 9 keep on pushing) Also Kudos to Scott and Mark for finally getting him on your podcast.. I think last time was with radio guy JP involved years ago! Bottom line is that the fact about the decency of Gerald and God bless him and his family! And his numbers as Scott has broke it down is arguably better than Suh! And as far as retiring jerseys.. even OJ SIMPSON in Buffalo stadium has not been retired yet.. So calm down Gerald Haters! lol

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  20. I will start by saying McCoy set himself up for this by what he said in that interview, but for another Buccaneer to come out and bash him for what he said is even Lower. Sapp is a classless individual period and for those who want to blame McCoy for the inept coaching over the last ten years go ahead. But some of you weren’t around when Leroy Selmon lost 26 games in a row because of Bad Coaches and an owner in Hugh Culverhouse who was as Greedy as they come. I would have loved to have seen how Sapp handled that situation, where would he rank playing next to a bunch of Expansion Players. What a Turd!!!

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    • I mean..after all, what do you expect from a guy caught bullying prostitutes in Arizona?

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      • in the nfl Sapp played like a pro and on game day he showed up… the prostitute arrest was years after he left the game

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        • NONETHELESS..Bullying prostitutes?

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  21. Thank You, Sapp! I’ve been saying the same thing all along.

    I was trying to find a quote Warren made in his last season with the Bucs and he was asked about the possibility of the Bucs moving on from him and what he said was words to the effect of “The NFL is a business” , he wasn’t going to take it personally and he was grateful for the opportunity to play in Tampa Bay. This guy is a champion and an NFL Hall of Famer and he understands how it works.

    Other than some Pro-Bowl appearances, McCoy brings NOTHING to the table but he expects the Bucs to kiss his @ss. He talked about how he was Mr. Buccaneer but refused to take a pay cut even though the team was cash strapped. Then he gets mad when they cut him, “forcing” him to sign with a division rival so he can get revenge (just like Jesus would do) for about the same as he would’ve made here if he took the pay cut. F*ck him and his comic book collection. I am so sick of this guy.

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    • From what I was told, the Bucs never even offered Sapp a contract when he left. He said that he would of took less money to finish his career here and retire a Buc. At the time he had his Nike ‘Air Jordan’ contract, so he said he would of had no problem taking less money to retire a Buc.

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  22. Finally, and hopefully the last word on GMC. We paid the guy millions and what do we have to show for it. Finally, and thanks to #99 for finally ending this. GMC whining on the way out the door revealed who he is. That’s what showed up in crunch time and so glad we moved on. He should too.

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  23. The real question is…

    When will McCoy be removed from the background banner of this site? It’s past time.

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  24. Sapp, a hall of fame defensive lineman, called out McCoy for his pathetic tantrum. This is not shocking.

    McCoy was always a player with physical potential but very little desire to dominate on Sundays, unlike Sapp who refused to be a loser.

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  25. Nice guys finish last sums it up. McCoy was stupid for not taking pay cut here.

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  26. Warren Sapp was one of the best DTs in football and he tried to help McCoy be a better player. McCoy is a legend in his own mind. The Bucs may never see another Warren Sapp. I hope they never see another Gerald McCoy. The number 3 pick in the 2010 draft was a classic under-achiever and I think even McCoy knows it.

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  27. So indict Gerald for moving on since most you trolls do already know how “the GLAZIERS” played him out with a silence! The hell he suppose to do? And all this losing shit? SO he ll tell Lovante to play back in the zone scheme, Quincy Black injury and no pure pass rushers since Smith (DE guy few years ago 10 sacks) ..all this is as Gerald is being doubled or tripled teamed …
    Anyone of you roaches that came to this article please mention me 5 DTs that would make the NFL ALL 2020 DECADE TEAM?? Seriously?

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    • Nice job playing an old favorite!

      MCCOY EXCUSE CANNON : PREPARE TO FIRE!!!

      “He’s double and triple teamed!”

      He hasn’t been consistently doubled, much less tripled for years. He is soft vs the run. He won’t tackle.

      “He’s never had any help!”

      How about an offense that has put plenty of points only to watch the defense play without urgency or dominance? How much help has Suh had? He’s been to the playoffs with 3 different teams. He has at least double the tackles of McCoy. Great players make others around them better. Gerald never did that.

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    • Gerald McCoy making an all star team is about image and representation, not productive play or winning.

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    • You mention all decade teams. In the last decade, which year did the Bucs have their best defense?

      🤔

      It was under Schiano in 2012. The Bucs finished the season 7-9 but had the #1 rushing defense. McCoy’s line was pedestrian that year.
      30 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 15 QB hits.

      His numbers the next season would end up being his best numbers of his career, also under Schiano.
      50 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 1 fumble recover for 12 yards, 21 QB hits.

      Those two seasons were the only time McCoy played in all 16 games.

      Under Lovie and Koetter, it was just a job. So be it. He will be the 3rd highest paid DT in Carolina. He’s a backup for them. A really good back up and that’s it. They won’t expect him to lead their defense to dominance, because they know he’s just a guy.

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      • Now sit back and watch GMC have some of his best yrs with the Panthers. Because he does not have to..be the man only a part of a..REAL TEAM

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        • StinKing Panthers SUCK.

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  28. PLEASE..I’m beggin my Bucs to come up from the sewage cellar and WIN this year. This way, the media..including PR will not have to throw us our yearly sacrificial lamb to make us feel good about being ATBTL’s (All Time Big Time Losers!) I’m thinkin both ole Lovie and Smitty are elated fans have yet another..Whippin Post in GMC. And you guys know what I’m sayin is true.

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  29. @bigsombrero, please name me 2020 DTs decade .. take ur hat off and name me in the WHOLE LEAGUE? if you want me to help you I ll start with former Raven, Ngata, nope he doesn’t qualify , Fletcher Cox ( has he played enough years ), Aaron Donald bonified but not been a decade yet so tell me where Suh and Gerald place..

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  30. Any damn high draft out to help Gerald then was Ben Price and Daquan Bowers.. do you remember How that turned out to be? Aqib and Tanard were in the secondary by the way..

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  31. As much as I rooted for GMC, I think he took the number thing a little too personally. No one hears Paul Gruber #74 or Jimmy Giles #88 complaining.

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  32. Can someone remind me how many winning seasons and playoff berths did Sapp lead the Oakland Raiders to?
    Thanks in advance.

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    • Sapp chose another Team over Tampa Bay. with a shitty team his stats suffered. Sap also played with 3 maybe 4 hall of farmers if lynch gets in. plus a shit load of people going to the pro bowl. All this hate on McCoy because of team success stupid. McCoy has better stats the Suh. last year Suh lined up to the best defensive player in the Game DT Aaron Donald.nand he was not better the McCoy..

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  33. McCoy unlike Sapp was always a class act. However I have to agree with Sapp that McCoy doesn’t belong in the Bucs Ring of Honor with Lee Roy Selmon, Sapp, Brooks, Lynch and Ronde. He just didn’t play in the same levels as those players did. Wish McCoy the best except when they play the Bucs.

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    • Oh, forgot the A-Train Mike Alstott.

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  34. Twspin… it’s a good thing he doesn’t have to be “the man”, because he never was. He’s a decent DT. Not a game changer. Always has been solid, but I never sat there watching him take over a game, because he wasn’t good enough. Period. Now over the years…I have watched Suh disrupt, corrupt, and take over a game. Sapp..many. I loved McCoy, but he wasn’t anything spectacular. Not…ever.

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    • You are sorta right. He was NOT great. And thats kinda sad because….There was pressure on him to be so.
      and for years..Yes yrs, he had crap..Sh** around him on those D lines. Yet..he gave his all. Forgot bout that huh? GMC is a good DT. Not great. We needed him to be. But let me ask you this? Where we at now? No Vea, No JPP. Sure we got Suh who..can be a monster..When he brings it. fact is, he does NOT..bring it every game and disappears quite frequently in game throughout the season. I think GMC will perform better in Panther country simply because..He does not have to be the man. You see..he is on a real..TEAM..who wins!

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