December 8, 2023

The NFL career of Gerald McCoy is gone. After 11 seasons, the 35-year-old defensive lineman formally announced his retirement on Friday.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thank You Gerald McCoy

Gerald McCoy, a defensive tackle who hasn’t played football since 2019, made his formal retirement from the NFL on Twitter on Friday. Before two injury-plagued trips with the Cowboys and Raiders when he never touched the field of play, McCoy played nine seasons with the Buccaneers and one for the Panthers.

One of the most productive Buccaneers in recent memory, McCoy finished his career with three All-Pro honors while playing for the team and six straight Pro Bowl appearances from 2012 to 2017. He concluded his nine seasons in Tampa Bay with the fourth-most sacks (54.5) in team history while also starting each game he played for the Buccaneers.

Following his time with the Buccaneers, McCoy enjoyed a respectable one-season run with the Panthers, with five sacks and 37 total tackles. After rupturing his quadriceps, he was released from the Cowboys in 2020. The next year, in 2021, he signed with the Raiders, although he was again unable to participate in the season due to an ACL tear.

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