Gerald McCoy flashed his trademark smile, shook plenty of hands and took pictures with everyone who wanted one.

The former Southeast High School and Oklahoma star and current defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is always happy to be home.

McCoy was happy to be back home, both for the 37th Annual March of Dimes Mercy Sports Headliner Banquet on Thursday and for his upcoming wedding next week.

McCoy was one of the honorees at the event at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

“Honestly, after what Oklahoma's going through right now, something like this is needed,” McCoy said. “We've got a group of great people coming in for a great cause. This is what I'm about. I love our state and I love when we all can come together for a cause such as this one.”

Another former Sooner, Adrian Peterson, was named the 2013 Sports Headliner of the Year after returning from knee surgery to run for 2,097 yards, the second-highest total in NFL history, last season.

Peterson accepted the award by video.

Other honorees included Thunder general manager Sam Presti, Edmond native Matt Donovan, the first Oklahoma born and raised player to make the National Hockey League, the Oklahoma City Barons, Jenks football coach Allan Trimble and Carl Albert assistant coach Mike Corley.

McCoy has spent the summer preparing for his fourth NFL season, dropping nearly 20 pounds.