Inside linebacker Lavonte David has been a rare bright spot on the Buccaneers for the past eight seasons. His contributions have gone largely unnoticed with only one Pro Bowl to his name.
Recognition Well Deserved
All that changed this week as David has been named to the NFL All-Decade Team. The eighth year pro is one of only three inside linebackers to make the team. He joins Carolina’s Luke Kuechly and Seattle’s Bobby Wagner.
Chris Wesseling from NFL.com had this to say about David.
“David may be the most underrated player on this entire list, earning only one Pro Bowl selection and one first-team All-Pro despite topping all off-the-ball linebackers in forced fumbles (20), tackles for loss (116) and solo tackles (709). Aside from David, the leader list in those first two categories is populated by the league’s dominant edge rushers, such as Miller and Watt.”
David boasts the most solo tackles (717) since 2012, he is ranked second in tackles for loss (116). David is the only active player with 20+ sacks and 10+ interceptions. He also leads the list of fumble recoveries (14) since entering the league.
David has been an anchor on an otherwise sinking ship. His leadership is unquestionable and his play unmatched. Congratulations to the true captain of the Buccaneers defense.
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