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All-Pro Defensive Tackle Gerald McCoy Makes Decision On His NFL Future

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Former All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy officially announced his decision to retire from the NFL in a video shared on his social media accounts Friday (April 14).

McCoy, 35, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, spent the majority of his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010-18), before brief stints with the Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys and Las Vegas Raiders from 2019-2021. The former Oklahoma standout was selected as a first-team All-Pro in 2013, a two-time second-team All-Pro in 2014 and 2016 and a six-time Pro Bowler from 2012 to 2017.

McCoy officially finishes his NFL career with 334 tackles, 59.5 sacks, 24 pass deflections, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries, which includes a career-best 9.5 sacks during his first-team All-Pro season in 2013, as well as recording at least five sacks during eight consecutive seasons between 2012 and 2019.

McCoy recorded 54.5 sacks during his nine-year tenure with the Buccaneers, which ranks fourth in franchise history behind only Pro Football Hall of Famers Lee Roy SelmonWarren Sapp and Simeon Rice. The Oklahoma City native was a two-time team captain for the Sooners during a decorated collegiate career, which included being selected as a two-time first-team All-American (2008, 2009), a two-time first-team All-Big 12 (2008, 2009) and the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2007.

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