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Sno-cone! McCoy cools off Bucs with post-practice treat



If you wanted a sure sign of the happier, more laidback Bucs of 2014, you need only look to the corner of the practice fields at One Buc Place on Thursday afternoon, where defensive tackle Gerald McCoy celebrated the end of minicamp by renting a "Kona Ice" shaved-ice truck for the team.

"How often do you get to end it with a sno-cone?" said Lovie Smith, who gave the OK to McCoy's kind gesture. "That was the topping on the cake a little bit. ... Great idea. I talk to the guys about getting their body fat down ... for a day like today, we're not going to count calories. Guys left with a smile on their face."

McCoy said he likes to treat his teammates like family, and his wife had so craved the shaved-ice recently that she asked him to stop a truck as they were driving. He asked the driver if he could get him to come to One Buc, and the rest was history.

"It's a family here," he said. "These are my brothers, this is my family. We've been working hard since April, we're all about to go on break. I figure it's hot out here, I'll do something nice for my family."

The Times' Daniel Wallace has great shots of Bucs players Anthony Collins and Josh McCown enjoying McCoy's hospitality.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 12, 2014 5:09pm]


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