Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had a very modest goal for 2012. After biceps tears kept him from finishing each of his first two seasons, all McCoy wanted to do was play a full slate of 16 games.
Now McCoy has a chance to play in 17 games.
After recording career highs in sacks (five) and tackles for loss (nine) during his first 15 games, the trigger pin of the NFL's top-rated run defense was named Wednesday to the NFC Pro Bowl squad.
"I just wanted to play a full season but this is definitely a gift — a gift from God," said McCoy, who made the team as the top reserve behind starting tackles Justin Smith of San Francisco and Henry Melton of Chicago.