When the Carolina Panthers signed defensive tackle Gerald McCoy earlier this month, the entire organization was ecstatic, and rightfully so. The six-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time NFL All-Pro is a complete game-changer and will certainly give the franchise a boost in the trenches. Little did they know they got a very generous teammate, too.
You want to how to make a good first impression at your new job? Follow the lead of the 6-foot-4, 300 pounder. After minicamp was over, McCoy rolled up a snow cone truck so everyone could get some shaved ice or ice cream.
Needless to say, Gerald’s surprise was a massive hit.
A man of the people? Absolutely. McCoy, the Oklahoma City native who was released last month by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after nine seasons, just became the new favorite player on the Panthers roster, especially with head coach Ron Rivera.
This isn’t the first time the veteran defensive lineman has won over his team. Down in Florida, after training camp, McCoy lined up food trucks following an offseason practice for his Buccaneers teammates.
Since he was a first round pick (No. 3 overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma, McCoy has been an absolute force on the gridiron. In 123 games, the former college football All-American for the Oklahoma Sooners recorded 218 tackles with 54.5 sacks and six forced fumbles.
Only time will tell how McCoy will do in the NFC South this season, but if this football thing doesn’t work out, he can just open up an ice cream truck and make a living off that.
And really, is there anything better than Kona ice or an ice cream truck on a hot day?