Lavonte David Making Bucs, NFL History

December 8th, 2013

lavonte david 1201Joe never dreamed he would see a Bucs linebacker as good as Derrick Brooks. The former outside linebacker someday will wear a yellow jacket and have his bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame; he could be elected as soon as February.

Now Joe loves Lavonte David, also an outside linebacker who, like Brooks, is insanely fast and racks up tackles like Joe does dead soldiers on a sultry college football Saturday afternoon.

But today, David accomplished something as a Bucs linebacker that hasn’t happened in 14 years, when Brooks was an elite player.

In the third quarter, David intercepted his second pass of the game, returning it 32 yards. David is the first Buccaneers linebacker to record multiple interceptions in the same game since Brooks, who had two against Chicago in 1999. David also became the first Buccaneer to have multiple picks since gun-toting, cabbie-punching, granny-hassling cornerback Aqib Talib in 2010, when he had a pair against Arizona.

Also, David is the first player since Brian Urlacher in 2007 to have five sacks and five interceptions in the same season. David has six sacks to along with his fie picks.

Pretty heady company David is hanging with these days.

As always, David was humble about the milestones he is setting.

“That’s a big deal, isn’t it? It’s just an accomplishment; I really don’t pay attention to the statistical things, but it’s just all a matter of just playing hard, David said. “I love playing this game. I try my best week in and week out and great things happen. Obviously, that’s a great accomplishment. This game of football has been around a long time. To be the seventh player on that list is amazing. Through God all things are possible. If it wasn’t for Him, I wouldn’t be in this position. Also if it wasn’t for my teammates doing what they’re supposed to do – everybody just flying to the football, getting hands on footballs, creating lanes for sack and things like that – I wouldn’t be in this position. I never single myself out; it’s a team football game. I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for my team.”

23 Responses to “Lavonte David Making Bucs, NFL History”

  1. Andrew 1 Says:

    dead soldiers? Im assuming beer…

    anyway, this guy deserves some kind of an award.

  2. d-money Says:

    It’s crazy how much this guy reminds me of a young 55.

    I feel uncomfortable even saying it but it’s true.

    He has the same knack for being around the ball and lightning quick reaction as Brooks had. Now, he’s got to keep it up for the next ten years to be on a level of Brooks but I don’t see any reason to believe that he won’t.

  3. brasho Says:

    “Brooks, is insanely fast and racks up tackles like Joe does dead soldiers on a sultry college football Saturday afternoon.”

    Please explain how this is journalism or funny or makes sense for that matter. I’m hoping you were hacked….what does this mean? It sounds like it’s in poor taste but maybe I just don’t get it.

  4. Frank - Go Bucs Says:

    Hey Joe,

    Longtime reader, rare replier.

    I just had to get on here and say how excited I am for Lavonte David to be a Buccaneer.

    How he plays the game, how he handles himself.

    Smart, fast, hits as hard as anyone. A really cool dude, a role model for kids in the area.

    I was truly blessed to get to watch Derrick Brooks play as a kid.
    Now my son has a class act just like him to watch on the field.
    It was bleak for a while, but I feel this group of characters we have on this team now will take our pirate ship in the right direction.

    Hopefully Mr. David will be a Buc for life and I won’t marginally regret the #54 jersey I am getting for my 7 year old this Christmas.

    Go Bucs!

  5. WalkdaPlank Says:

    The only noticeable difference between Mr. Derrick Brooks and LVD is the jersey number by 1, and LVD is smaller than Brooks. Other than that, they are about as similar as can be. Here’s to hoping Lavonte David has a long, healthy career in Tampa Bay.

  6. d-money Says:


    “Dead soldiers” are empty bear bottles.

    Lighten up.

  7. BucsfaninChina Says:

    Dead soldiers = empty cans of beer. Relax.

    David is taking that next step and is generating turnovers like a madman. So much fun to watch. Where would one find an LVD jersey?

  8. brasho Says:

    Ok, good enough for me. I have never heard that before in my life. I was thinking typo, hacked, something… thanks for the clarification, fellas.

  9. Andrew 1 Says:

    never heard it before either.

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    Google beer bottles dead soldiers.

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    Sing with me : all I want for Christmas is an LVD jersey an LVD jersey an LVD jersey Ooooo all I want for Christmas is an LVD jersey an LVD jersey…..

  12. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    1st team All-Pro

  13. clafollett Says:

    I can always count on LVDs play to bring a smile to my face regardless of the score. We dont need beast mode with him, he is by default just damned beastly. A tackling machine that has a hobbie of hawkin footballs.

    GO LVD!

    GO BUCS!

  14. David Says:

    I dont really care what it means honestly, just to read it on here aggravated me cause i was a Hospital Corpsman in Iraq and had to see real “dead soldiers”. Maybe its time to find a new saying.

  15. Buc1987 Says:

    David well sorry to hear that, but did Joe mention american soldiers? It could be any soldiers, it could even mean civil war soldiers, chinese soldiers or just about any soldiers. Man some people are so sensitive.

  16. trubucfan22 Says:

    Ill say what everyone else is thinking. Lvd is playing better ball than even the greatest buccaneer. Obviously no disrespect to mr brooks, but lvd is playing like an absolute monster. LVD = DMVP

  17. Buczilla Says:

    Wow, who drove the PC bus into the comment section of an outstanding story on LVD? My family has been in the military for generations and my Uncle said he picked up the term in WWII serving in the Pacific. If it doesn’t bother him (heck, he embraces it), I’m not going to swear it. I just find it hard to believe that the term is actually new to anyone…

    Anyhow, I digress… Congratulations LVD! (that’s Lavonte David for those of you still trying to catch up with all the crazy lingo…)

  18. Buczilla Says:

    Arggh… stupid auto spell. Swear it = S
    weat it

  19. CHRIS Says:

    Joe, that comment about dead soldiers was unnecessary. Maybe I didn’t get it……but I wouldn’t expect anything more from the AVERAGE JOE

    Joe gets that you don’t know that old expression. No intent to upset anyone. Feel free to Google it. –Joe

  20. Eric n DC Says:

    I can’t remember the last time I was excited about my Bucs even though they have a losing record. LVD is for real. We have a lot of pro bowl talent and it’s not just smoke and mirrors ala Ruud.

  21. BigMacAttack Says:

    Nice job Buczilla, PC is for the birds.

    Better job Lavonte, best LB in the NFL, stats to prove it.

  22. ander Says:

    he should be the defensive player of the year in my opinion

  23. Dreambig Says:

    You guys being sensitive about the dead soldiers expression need to lighten up. Guess where I heard that expression? I heard it and used it frequently while serving in the United States Army. I am not sure but I always thought it came from there. No disrespect intended to anyone.