“Odds Are Stacked Against” Lavonte DavidMay 5th, 2012
It was a comment delivered in an upbeat manner but still one that made Joe take pause and reach for his bottle of Tums.
Bucs icon Derrick Brooks said the “odds are stacked against” Lavonte David because he’s “undersized.” No. 55 uttered the quick assessment during an interview with Justin “The Commish” Pawlowski on 1010 AM yesterday.
David is listed at 6-0, 233 — nearly identical to Brooks’ playing size — and fielded does-size-matter questions at Bucs rookie minicamp yesterday. Stephen Holder of TampaBay.com took notes.
“On the size, I don’t care what anybody says,” David, 22, said.
“I’ve been doubted about my size my whole life. But playing in two different conferences (Big 12 and Big Ten at Nebraska), I (played against) better competition and prevailed in both and made All-American. I was doubted coming into the draft because of my size, but hopefully I can just improve on what I did in college.”
Now Joe’s been on the David bandwagon since December. So Joe’s not concerned, but it was still unsettling to hear the usually overly positive Brooks talk that way about a Bucs second-round pick, a guy many fans are hoping can revitalize the linebacking corps.