Gerald McCoy has a very good sense of Bucs history and in many ways he would like for this team to repeat it.
That's why he shared the story told by Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks during their Hall of Fame interviews about playing at San Diego against the Chargers in 1996, Tony Dungy's first year as head coach. The Bucs were 2-8 and given very little chance to upset the Chargers (6-4). After hearing ESPN's Chris Berman referred to their team as the "Yucs,' Sapp and Brooks vowed that would be the final time they would be disrespected.
The Bucs won 25-17 and went 5-2 to end the season. The next year, they ended a playoff drought by earning an NFC wildcard spot.
Following a 56-14 loss at Atlanta Sept. 18, the Bucs were given little chance Sunday to upset the Steelers.
"I don't know if anybody has seen America's Game, the 2002 Buccaneers,'' McCoy said. "It was that and one called 'Relentless,' Warren Sapp's Hall of Fame documentary. They told the story about going on the road against San Diego (in 1996). Well, I talked to Lavonte (David) and a couple guys and told them that story. I kind of told them what Sapp and Brooks, that decision they made that day and I told them that has to be us. Nobody thinks we can win. This is the Terrible Towels, the historic Pittsburgh Steelers. Nobody is expecting us to win. Let's go out there and change that. People think we're the worst team in the NFL, that's awesome. Keep that.''