The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor is graced by the names of such players like Lee Roy Selmon, Derrick Brooks and Ronde Barber. With all of these names, one name has yet to join, and that’s because they’re still playing.
Lavonte David, a pedigree Buccaneer and the longest tenured on the team should have his name in the Ring after his career ends. After being drafted in the 2nd round by Tampa in 2012, he’s been a staple of the Buccaneer’s defense. He’s also one of the most underrated players in the NFL.
Last month, the NFL released their Top 100 players list, and David was 100th on the list. Many Buccaneer fans were quick to criticize the list, and they have a point.
Since being drafted, David has accumulated 22.5 sacks; his season high is 7.0 in 2013. He also has over 1,000 combined tackles on his career. David’s production on field is highly unrecognized, and that’s a true shame.
The long time Buccaneer was also named a First-Team All Pro in 2013, and went to a Pro Bowl in 2015. However, he’s a lot of Pro Bowl worthy seasons.
Calling His Name
David is also the only play on the Buccaneers to witness three different jersey changes. From the original red uniforms to the alarm clocks, and now the Bucs’ return to glory.
But longevity shouldn’t dictate his greatness, although it is a testament to his play and influence on the team because the Buccaneers extended his contract in 2015 for 5-years.
However you slice it, David is worthy of more than just the Ring of Honor. He’s incredibly underrated in the league. And now that the Bucs have Tom Brady and a handful of primetime games, David will showcase his talents for the nation to see.
The Ring of Honor has been calling his name since day one of his underappreciated career. Bucs fans all over will be seeing his name and number cemented in Buccaneers history forever.