In a recent NFL Network appearance, good morning football On the show, former Bucks defensive tackle Gerald McCoy gave a public service announcement for 2023 recruits and offered advice based on what he learned as a young player.
Former Bucks DT Gerald McCoy on challenges in rookie season
OTA officially underway for the bucks And the league as a whole has taken another step toward the regular season. Still, there are plenty of offseason activities before the regular season games start. Once the OTA is over, we’re left with minicamps, training camps, and preseason.
Commenting on this build-up to the actual game, McCoy talked about how the length of a season varies in the NFL and how important it is to keep working as a rookie.
“Do more, more, more, more,” said McCoy. “When I started as a rookie, I was used to this schedule in college. , the training camp is harder and the days are getting much longer.
“So when young players come in, they’re like, ‘Hey, we had this whole process, from prepping the combine to prepping the draft. Now we have rookie minicamp, OTA, minicamp, training. We are camping and the season has started.” The season is much longer. ”
With this in mind, it’s easy for newcomers to do what they’re told and leave the building. But the work never stops. In this last draft alone he had 259 picks. Hundreds more will be added to the expanded roster as undrafted free agents, and a handful will join the team.
Players are constantly competing for their place on the roster, and draft status doesn’t translate to success. Only a few players from each draft class become stars.at McCoy’s 2010 draft classHe is one of only 10 players to have played in the Pro Bowl more than five times. Of this group, only two (Trent Williams and Rob Gronkowski) are likely candidates for the Hall of Fame.
So what does this mean? Only a select few become good players, and they start by doing more than they are asked to do.
“When I was a newcomer, I only thought, ‘Let’s get out of this building when this day is over.’ I always tell newcomers, ‘Do more.’ Do you know why? Because everyone else thinks so, what are you going to do apart from yourself? do more Do you go to practice early before practice and get extra reps? Are you staying late? Do you take care of your body? Are you actually going home and watching movies, or are you just telling your coach that you think so? What rookie isn’t afraid to actually go into the coach’s office and take the criticism? ”
A lot of people just think, ‘I was drafted here, I want to do this, I want to do that.’ Many newcomers don’t want to do more, so they should do more. They are going to do what others are doing. ”
Bucks rookie WR Trey Palmer shows more success
McCoy will be happy that one of the Bucks’ rookies has already taken steps to separate himself. Receiver Trey Palmer, the Bucks’ sixth-round pick, said during rookie minicamp recently that he studied every day when he got home, and that he could relax and take breaks by reviewing and memorizing plays. Told.
Only players with this mindset and approach to the game become truly great in the sport and their work ethic is notorious.
Even during practice, he hates to lose to Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant’s “Mamba Spirituality” is well documented. Even former Bucks quarterback Tom Brady spent hours analyzing game films and devoted himself to staying in shape well into his mid-40s.
Gerald McCoy is the future of NFL analysis on TV
As Gerald McCoy prepares for his final game with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2021, the former NFL player has this advice. The NFL may no longer be chasing or stopping quarterbacks, but it’s clear he’s an insightful player with lots of interesting stories to tell throughout this offseason.
from his beef Warren Sapp admitted it he wanted to go back to the bucks Last season, McCoy was a fun personality to follow and one that rookies should take his word for and emulate. The charismatic McCoy is no stranger to cameras. He’s had a great run this week on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, and there’s no doubt he has a future for NFL analysis on television.