Gerald McCoy is an American football defensive tackle, most recently played for the NFL team, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is a now a free agent after being released by the Buccaneers, where he played for nine seasons.
Gerald McCoy Bio; Parents, Early Life
Gerald Keith McCoy Jr. was born on 25 February 1988 to parents Gerald McCoy, Sr. and Patricia McCoy. Standing at the towering height of 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 meters), he grew up in Oklahoma City.
McCoy attended Southeast High School, where he began to play for the Southeast Spartans high school football team. He was ranked as the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in his class. Afterward, he went to the University of Oklahoma. There, he played for the Oklahoma Sooners football team from 2006 to 2009.
His NFL Career; Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Stats
Gerald was drafted by the NFL team Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 3rd overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. In September 2010, he made his NFL debut against the Cleveland Browns and won the game by 17-14.
However, McCoy suffered from injury and played only 11 games in the second season. He made the remarkable stats in 2013 season with 50 Total Tackles, 9 Sacks, 8 Tackles for a Loss, 4 Pass Deflections and a Fumble Recovery.
Gerald McCoy celebrates an interception by defensive back Andrew Adams against the Carolina Panthers during an NFL game in Dec 2018 (Picture: Forbes)
During his career, Gerald was included to the Pro Bowl for six consecutive years from 2012 to 2017. Similarly, he was selected in the First Team All-Pro three times from 2012 to 2014. However, in May 2019, the Buccaneers released him after playing for nine seasons with them.
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Contract & Net Worth
Initially, Gerald penned the five-year contract for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, worth $63 million in 2010. Similarly, in 2014, he signed a 7-year contract extension worth $98 million, and $51.5 million guaranteed. He would have earned the hefty salary of $13,000,000 in 2019, but he was released before the payment.
As of now, he enjoys the lavish lifestyle with the astounding net worth of an estimated $30 million.
Shares Five Children With Wife
With regard to his successful NFL career, Gerald, aged 31 has been relishing his married life for several years. He tied the wedding knot with Ebony McCoy in June 2013.
Gerald met Ebony when he was in the 7th grade. They started dating while studying at high school and later decided to get married.
Gerald McCoy poses in a family picture with his wife and children (Picture: Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine)
Well, the couple is the parents of five adorable children. They have a son, Marcellus Crutchfield and a daughter Nevaeh McCoy. In July 2014, his wife gave birth to twins; a son named son Gerald Jr. and daughter Germany. Recently, they welcomed a son named Mars Cru McCoy on 29 October 2018.
Some Interesting Facts About Gerald McCoy
- Gerald appeared on The League, an American sitcom that aired from 2009 to 2015.
- In 2005, he became the National Defensive Player of the Year by a daily newspaper, USA Today.
- He presented a $100,000 check to build Tampa Bay Buccaneers Field in Clearwater’s North Greenwood community in 2012.