The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had some great defensive players throughout their history. From Lee Roy Selmon to Warren Sapp, from Hardy Nickerson to Derrick Brooks and Ronde Barber. This team know defensive talent.
These days, the Buccaneers again have a stellar defense with arguably the most underrated defensive player in the league. That man is none other than inside linebacker Lavonte David.
As Luke Easterling from USA Today pointed out, David has done more with less attention. Buried behind the likes of Bobby Wagner and Luke Kuechly in Pro Bowl and All-Pro voting, David has arguably been the better player. More consistent at least.
This argument is bolstered recently by a CBS Sports Jeff Kerr tweet.
Only one linebacker in #NFL history has 1,000 tackles, 10 INT, 25 sacks, and 20 forced fumbles in his first 10 seasons.
Lavonte David #Buccaneers #GoBucs pic.twitter.com/0C0VpvwU2P
— Jeff Kerr (@JeffKerrCBS) September 6, 2022
1,000 tackles, 10 INT, 25 sacks, and 20 forced fumbles in his first 10 seasons. Those stats have not been duplicated in the history of the league. Not by Kuechly, Wagner, Urlacher, Ray Lewis, Mike Singletary, not even Derrick Brooks.
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