Brooks Irked Over David SnubJanuary 22nd, 2014
Joe doesn’t give a damn about the Pro Bowl but he will fight for the right for the NFL to televise it.
Many NFL fans want it banished, but that makes no sense. The game makes cash for the NFL and no fan short of a poor soul in a Bolivian prison has a gun pointed to his head forcing him to watch the game. So why lose sleep that it is on TV? Only an invalid or Tony Kornheiser can’t work a remote.
But Joe does get a few daily Twitters from Bucs fans stomping their feet over Lavonte David not playing in the game, nevermind he has already been selected as an All-Pro, which holds more weight in football circles.
There is actually one guy in the Tampa Bay area who is torqued David has not gotten his free ride to Hawaii to gawk at scantily clad babes, drink weird drinks with umbrellas in them, and play pretend football. That is Bucs great Derrick Brooks.
In chatting with ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas, Brooks sounded off on the absurdity that David has no pineapple in his belly.
“I was very hurt — I wasn’t just disappointed, I was very hurt — to see this young man left off the Pro Bowl football team,” Brooks said. “Now he turns around and he makes All-Pro. I get it. But there’s something about being recognized by your peers that means a lot. That had to sting. I felt terrible for him. He’s undoubtedly not just one of the top linebackers, but one of the top football players in the National Football League.”
If David still is feeling that sting, maybe he can take some consolation in what Brooks had to say about the comparisons of the two that many fans have made.
“To compare him to me is unfair at this point in his career because he doesn’t have longevity on his side,” Brooks said. “Does he have a lot of signs? Of course. He’s done more his first couple years than I did in my first two years. This defense has had to depend on him a lot more than what the defense had to depend on me my first couple of years. I got better Year 3 through whatever. Now we’ve got to wait and see if that happens for him.”
Now don’t go pointing a finger at the fans for the snub of David. In the fan voting, David got more votes than Gerald McCoy and Darrelle Revis. So it was David’s peers and opposing coaches who doomed his trip to the 50th state.
Joe isn’t going to lose sleep over it. Joe’s quite sure David will make quite a few trips to Hawaii before his career is over.