Bucs' Mike Evans, Gerald McCoy named to Pro Bowl
Two Bucs players -- receiver Mike Evans and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy -- were chosen among the initial rosters for this year's Pro Bowl, to be played Jan. 29 in Orlando.
For McCoy, it's his fifth straight year making the Pro Bowl, becoming just the fifth Bucs player ever to do so. He joins linebacker Derrick Brooks (10 straight, 1997-2006), defensive tackle Warren Sapp (7, 1997-2003), defensive tackle Lee Roy Selmon (6, 1979-84) and fullback Mike Alstott (1997-2002).
"This is an honor that can never get old or be taken for granted," McCoy said in a statement. "I have to commend aand thank all of my teammates for all their hard work and dedication to this team and this game. Without them, none of this would be possible."
Four Bucs players have also been chosen as Pro Bowl alternates and could join the roster if there are injury or playoff conflicts: linebackers Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander, cornerback Brent Grimes and punter Bryan Anger.
Evans is just the second Bucs receiver to make the Pro Bowl in the last 13 seasons, following Vincent Jackson in 2012. Evans leads the Bucs and ranks among the NFL's top five in catches (84), receiving yards (1,159) and touchdowns (10). He's topped 1,000 yards in each of his three NFL seasons, but this is his first Pro Bowl.
"I am honored and grateful to be selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time -- it's a dream come true," Evans said in a statement. "My teammates and I have worked very hard, and it is truly humbling to be recognized by my peers and the fans for the results that came from that dedication."
McCoy leads the Bucs with seven sacks, which ranks third among all NFL defensive tackles. Evans and McCoy were the only Bucs among the initial rosters, but that could change. Last year, McCoy and running back Doug Martin were the only Bucs on the initial list, but they were joined in Hawaii by quarterback Jameis Winston, linebacker Lavonte David and guard Logan Mankins.