Bucs’ Gerald McCoy, Rams’ Sam Bradford to put friendship aside on Sunday

Published: December 21st, 2012
By Bucs Beat Feed

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will forever be linked for a number of reasons. For one, McCoy – the third overall pick in the 2010 draft – was selected just two spots after top pick Bradford.

But more than that, the two are friends, having played together in college at Oklahoma and maintaining their relationship ever since. They've known each other since childhood, both growing up in Oklahoma City.

They’ll meet as pros for the second time on Sunday, when the Rams visit Raymond James Stadium. But when the two spoke this week, the conversation wasn’t about what might transpire on the field.

“I talked to him (Wednesday),” McCoy said of Bradford. “We were just checking on each other. I wanted to make sure his mom, dad and grandma didn’t need extra tickets. We’re friends, so we leave it at friends. No football talk. But we know we both are players and get paid to do a job, so that’s what we’ll both do on Sunday.”

After studying the Bucs this week, Bradford is convinced McCoy is doing his job rather well.

“I think Gerald's playing at a really high level,'' Bradford said. "Watching the tape, he seems to show up a lot. I've got to be aware of him, and I'd really like to get out of this game without him hitting me.”