McCoy said he has to live up to Sapp's compliment
Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp, a Bucs legend, has said that Gerald McCoy has the tools to be as good - if not better - than he was.
"If not bigger, faster, stronger than me," Sapp said.
Sapp, in town to get inducted into the Bucs Ring of Honor Monday night, said Wednesday that while McCoy doesn't have the numbers, he's been dominant in his play on the field, especially Sunday in Seattle.
"A bowling ball of butcher knives," Sapp said.
Sapp said the Bucs aren't using McCoy as good as they could, needing to move him around more to get one-on-one matchups. Coach Greg Schiano, who had lunch with Sapp Wednesday, said he believes they do move McCoy around quite a bit.
But when it comes to Sapp's lofty praise of McCoy, the Pro Bowler believes he has to earn that comparison to his mentor.
"It means a lot, it's a great compliment," McCoy said. "But he said I have the potential to be as good or better than him. As I said on my radio show last night, A lot of people got potential, it's about what you do with it. Do I have the potential to be as good or better? Yes. But it's up to me whether I reach that, and I'll leave it at that."