Shortly after Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy learned he had been selected to the Pro Bowl last season, he heard from Bucs great and now-Hall of Famer Warren Sapp. “No. 99, I call him,” McCoy said. He thought No. 99 was about to congratulate him on a job well done. He thought 99 was going to give him a verbal pat on the back, maybe welcome him to some sort of Pro Bowl club with secret handshakes and passwords and whatnot. Instead, No. 99 coldly told McCoy, “Now what?” “I thought, ‘Man, can’t I enjoy this for like five minutes?’ ” McCoy said. But then McCoy realized what Sapp was saying. Making the Pro Bowl wasn’t the end of the road. It was only the beginning. He took Sapp’s words to heart. And then to the weight room. And the practice field.
“His work ethic has gotten only stronger,” Bucs coach Greg Schiano said.
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