McCoy got to live out child hood wish at Pro Bowl this week

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Ezekiel Elliott at defensive end? Michael Bennett at running back? Everson Griffen at left tackle?

Welcome to life at the Pro Bowl, where practices are only about 3-percent serious, according to Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans.

“Guys are just out here having fun,’’ Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy added. “Hey, it’s an All-Star game.’’

It was the first All-Star game for Evans and the fifth for McCoy, but McCoy has already experienced what for him was a first.

Checking off one of the many career goals he said he set as a kid growing up, McCoy competed in his first NFL skills competition this week.

McCoy was part of a three-man team in Orlando Thursday along with Thomas Davis and Jason Kelce competing in the Power Relay Challenge.

The challenge calls for the players to be timed while pushing a blocking sled around the field.

Along with a dodgeball game the whole Skills Challenge reminded many of the old “Battle of the Network Stars” tv shows.

It brought back memories for McCoy, too, but not of watching Hollywood stars showing off their athletic ability.

“I remember watching Warren Sapp and John Randle compete in (the NFL skills competition),’’ McCoy said.

“Now, having done it myself I’ve done pretty much everything I set out to do as a (professional football player).

“Playoffs is next and then the ultimate prize (the Super Bowl) so we got a few more things to do.’’

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