McCoy Says He's Not Too Nice

Buccaneers' defensive tackle Gerald McCoy can not escape the "nice" label that many have given him. Even former Bucs defensive tackle and Hall of Famer Warren Sapp has said McCoy needs to tone down that part of his game.

Buccaneers' defensive tackle Gerald McCoy can not escape the "nice" label that many have given him. Even former Bucs defensive tackle and Hall of Famer Warren Sapp has said McCoy needs to tone down that part of his game.

Appearing on ESPN's Mike and Mike Thursday morning, McCoy was asked if he is too nice on the football field and explains how he goes about it all.

"No. What's wrong with being nice?" McCoy said. "Guys talk back and forth on the field. Some guys talk in the Richard Sherman way, some guys talk in my way. Richard Sherman way is kind of a noise talking guy. I'm more of a how's your family doing guy. Doesn't mean I'm not going to try and kill you when they snap the ball, but I like to make sure people are doing good off the field."

McCoy plays hard on the field. His "over the top" sportsmanship stirs people the wrong way at times from former players to several media members. Football is said by many that it is meant to be played with anger. For McCoy, that anger is kept inside more than he shows it.

Ironically, a guy who shows his anger on the field every week is a fellow defensive tackle McCoy says is better than him, Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh. A guy McCoy calls a "mutant" on the field.

“Suh,” McCoy said when asked who the better defensive tackle was. “You didn’t think I was going to say that, did you? This is what I base it off of: If you look at our careers in comparison, he’s had a better career. If you look at the past season, it’s a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league. I was a second-team all-pro; he was first-team and had the most votes. Automatically makes him No. 1.”

While McCoy downplays his success, unfortunately he may never shed off the questions of his kindness.

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