When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to storm the NFL world with Gerald McCoy in 2010, they made a five-year $63 million pact with the defensive tackle. Towards the end of the deal in 2014, the Bucs were happy it wasn’t a waste and as such, they offered McCoy another 7-year undertaking which would see him earn as much as $98 million with $51.5 million guaranteed. Gerald took the offer and has been doing his best to keep those who matter happy.
Gerald McCoy’s Biography
It was in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma that this defensive tackle was born and named Gerald Keith McCoy Jr. on the 25th of February and in the year 1988. While details of his upbringing have been overshadowed by his status as an NFL star, it is not a secret that this bloke started playing American football in his high school days. As a student of Southeast High School located in the city he was birthed, Gerald proved himself to be athletically inclined as he excelled in track and field just as he did in football. If you check Southeast High’s records, you’d find that he finished as a junior with 20 sacks and 83 tackles. For this, he received the All-Metro and All-State recognition.
Gerald didn’t lower his bar as a senior, he recovered 9 fumbles, accumulated 20 sacks, and pulled off 82 tackles. Again, he was celebrated for the remarkable performance. While USA Today crowned him the National Defensive Player of the Year 2005, he also emerged as the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year. As one would expect, he participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl the next year, was rated a five-star prospect, and gained the attention of many universities. Gerald had various offers at his feet when it was time for him to commence his college career.
Prioritizing his interest, he decided to play for the Sooners of the University of Oklahoma. McCoy blazed for the team from 2006 to 2010 and hinted at his intent to dominate the NFL as a defensive tackle. Among other heights he attained, he was named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2007. The next season, he was again honored as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. That same year, he made both the All-America and All-Big 12 first teams, this was also the case with the 2009 season. In view of the vast recognition he got for being an outstanding playmaker, it was predicted that Gerald would be picked in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. This came to pass when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him with the 3rd overall pick.
Despite the injuries that bedeviled his rookie campaign and his second year in the league, McCoy was quick to find his feet in the NFL. Thus far, he has been picked to take part in the all-star game (Pro Bowl) of the league consecutively from 2012 to 2017. Disregarding that, McCoy has been named thrice in first-team All-Pro (2012 – 2014). As of 2017, his NFL career stats boasts of 6 forced fumbles, 20 pass deflections, 48.5 quarterback sacks, and 269 tackles.
Gerald McCoy’s Wife and Family
It is no secret that the Bucs star has been a fine husband to Ebony McCoy since 2013. Gerald once revealed he met the woman he made his life partner when he was in 7th grade. According to him, Ebony has been more than a good wife to him. He regards her as his best friend and one of the few individuals who has greatly influenced his life for good.
This couple has so far been blessed with four children, two sons (Marcellus Crutchfield and Gerald Keith McCoy Jr.) and two daughters (Nevaeh McCoy and Germany McCoy) Gerald and Germany are twins.
Height, Weight, and Body Stats
Gerald McCoy has been able to thrive as one of the finest defensive tackles in the NFL not only because of his talent and skills but equally due to his good fitness and physical attributes. Even as his experience and reputation as an intelligent playmaker are being appreciated, it is believed that his good height and ideal weight have helped him a great deal.
It wouldn’t be out of place for one to assert that McCoy has the perfect physical features desired of defensive tackles. His athleticism combined with his size, sturdiness, and stamina has set him apart from the rest of his kind. The Buccaneers star is 4 inches taller than 6 feet and weighs 300 lb. His arm length is 33 3⁄4 in (0.86 m) and his hand size is 10 1⁄4 in (0.26 m).