McCoy, V. Jackson among first time Bucs captains
It's Gerald McCoy's time, and apparently, already Vincent Jackson's team, according to Bucs players who voted them captains for the 2012 season.
McCoy, the third-year defensive tackle from Oklahoma who has played in only 19 career games, is a first-time captain on defense and joins safety Ronde Barber. Jackson, who signed as a free agent from San Diego in March, is an offensive captain along with quarterback Josh Freeman. Linebacker Adam Hayward and long-snapper Andrew Economos are the special teams captains.
McCoy said he was surprised by the appointment when the vote was revealed during the team meeting Thursday.
"Yeah, it actually was (a surprise). I didn't put in no campaign or nothing,'' McCoy said. "Just being myself. I told you guys when I first got to Tampa, I was born to be a leader and that's what I'm going to be, that's what they drafted me to be and what I've worked to be. Apparently, I've done enough for my teammates to want to put me in that position and that's where they believe I should be. I would be doing them a disservice not to wear the title proudly and that's what I'm going to do.
"I love these guys, man, and for them to think that much of me, there's nothing like it. You can't beat it.''
Jackson made an immediate impression on and off the field for his work ethic shortly after joining the Bucs. He's been an example for many of the young Bucs receivers.
"I’m excited because I’ve been here since the first organized day that we’ve had,'' Jackson said. "I’ve shown up every day and done my job. They see the way I carry myself and how I take care of my business and that’s something we all need to work toward. I appreciate it.
"Not everybody is made to be a leader and there are different styles of leaders. Some guys are really good speakers and can get guys going emotionally. Some guys just go out ther and lead by example and do their job and people can just feed off that. there’s a variety of different guys and I think we have a good group of captains who bring something to this team.''