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Gerald McCoy defends his on-field sportsmanship

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When your team is 1-5, you leave yourself wide open for all sorts of deserved criticism. This is not one of those cases.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has been catching heat on local talk radio for helping opponents up after plays. It's not something that McCoy likes to hear about.

"While I'm talking about aggression, let me address something real quick," McCoy said Tuesday, via ESPN.com. "This is the last time I'm going to talk about it. If anybody has a problem with me helping people up off the field, that's a personal problem, something you're going to have to deal with."

McCoy wasn't done.

"If people really pay attention you would also notice that when the opposing team gets hurt, most of the time there's one person who walks on the field every time and says a prayer," McCoy said. "It's me. That's who I am. That's who I'm going to be. If you don't like it, get over it. I'm going to help people up because I'm a good sportsman."

"Football is temporary. Sports are temporary. People have families, people have kids and wives and 10 years down the line, the next guy is going to be here and there's going to be another guy to talk about. What about that guy that you were so concerned about how hard he's going and he can't play with his kids because he's out there killing himself? That's what I'm concerned about."

So, McCoy is basically the anti-Burfict. Hard to see a problem with that.

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