INDIANAPOLIS — Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy issued a foreboding message to teammate Sam Bradford if he plays against the quarterback in an NFL game: “I’ll kill Sam.”
McCoy had earlier made clear how close a friend Bradford is and that the two have known each other since they were kids. Now either one of them could be the No. 1 overall draft pick, and McCoy left no doubt that he’s yearning for the chance to take down Bradford when they’re on different teams.
“A lineman’s dream is a clean move and a clear path to the quarterback. At practice, that happened a lot. But I go to Sam, and they blow the whistle,” a crestfallen McCoy said. “Oh, I’m going to kill him.”
Nearly every reporter erupted in laughter. With McCoy being one of the last players to speak before the media center closes down for good Sunday night, many members of the press already had left. The ones in attendance were treated to perhaps the most entertaining interview session of the week.
Not only did McCoy reveal his eagerness to go after Bradford, but he elicited guffaws throughout the exchange, including when he let loose a big grin and bragged about how awesome a smile he possesses.
Perhaps the best moment came when McCoy explained the moment that he first realized he was a gifted football player at the age of 12.
“One time in little league, I tackled three people,” McCoy proudly shared. “They ran, and I came through. And the quarterback didn’t know who to give it to, so I just grabbed everybody,” McCoy said as he mimicked the tackle.
— Jason Feller