Watch: Buccaneers’ David on Brady and Arians Retirements


Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David was recently on The Rich Eisen Show talking about the Bucs offseason and the retirements of Tom Brady and Bruce Arians.

David stated that he was more surprised by Arians retirement than he was of Brady’s.

“With Tom, you know, it just kind of felt that whole thing that he put out wasn’t really sincere and that he wasn’t really going to step away from the game.”

David went on to say he was on 75% convinced Brady would stay retired.

“Because if you know [Brady] personally, you know he’s just the ultimate competitor and the way he went out last year, I’m sure he didn’t want to go out that type of way. You know, even though we went out fighting and battling, but obviously he wanted to go out on top. I’m sure that’s not the way he wanted to go out.”

David discussed replacing Arians’ leadership in the locker room.

“Just having his presence around is really, really like good to have. Just because of the man he is and how he treats coaches and how he treats players.”

Arians’ reasons for retiring have been reported as he wanted to leave new head coach Todd Bowles in the best situation possible. As for Brady? He’s in his mid-forties but shows no signs of slowing down.

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