Don't crush the commissioner: Former Oklahoma standout Gerald McCoy started NFL Draft hugging trend

www.nytimes.com Published: April 24, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, right, holds up a jersey with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell  after he was selected as the third overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the NFL football draft at Radio City Music Hall Thursday, April 22, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, right, holds up a jersey with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected as the third overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the NFL football draft at Radio City Music Hall Thursday, April 22, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected former Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy with the No. 3 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, McCoy did something no player had done -- he hugged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.



Goodell, inspired by McCoy, has become a proactive hugger since that greeting from McCoy. Goodell now includes hug-related instructions in his predraft briefing. The most important one? Try not to break the commish's ribs.

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