Kwon Honored By NFL

November 4th, 2015
Gets NFC honors for the Atlanta game.

Gets NFC honors for the Atlanta game.

It was both a harrowing weekend but a productive weekend for middle linebacker Kwon Alexander.

And it shows that Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht has a good idea of what he is doing in the draft.

For his performance in Atlanta Sunday, Kwon was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Here is the release from the Bucs:

Alexander, earning his first career Player of the Week Award, set a career-high with 11 tackles in Tampa Bay’s overtime win at Atlanta (11/1), while adding a pass defensed, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He is the first rookie linebacker to record an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the same game since Demeco Ryans (2006) and the first Buccaneers player to accomplish the feat since John Lynch (1996). His two takeaways led to 10 Buccaneers points, while his 11 tackles were tied for the eighth-most in the NFL in Week 8.

Drafted in the fourth round (124th overall), Alexander has started all seven games for Tampa Bay this season, tallying 49 tackles, two tackles for loss, seven passes defensed, two interceptions (15 return yards), one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He leads all NFL linebackers in passes defensed, with seven and is tied for the league led in interceptions by a linebacker. Alexander is the only player in the league to have at least 45 tackles, two interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Alexander is the first Buccaneers rookie to earn Player of the Week honors since RB Doug Martin in 2012 (Week 9) and is only the third Tampa Bay rookie to be named Defensive Player of the Week, joining Santana Dotson (Week 4, 1992) and Paul Tripoli (Week 4, 1987). Alexander, who earned Pepsi Rookie of the Week honors following Tampa Bay’s Week 3 contest at Houston, joins Martin as the only rookies in team history to earn both Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors during their first campaign.

Pretty cool news for a guy dealing with a heavy heart.

17 Responses to “Kwon Honored By NFL”

  1. Louis Friend Says:

    It’s amazing that Kwon is turning into the player we hoped LVD would continue to be. They nailed this draft pick so thoroughly that whoever did the scouting on Kwon deserves a raise.

  2. Bobby Says:

    Way to go Kwon! So glad you’re a Buc! Keep it going!!

  3. unbelievable Says:

    Well deserved. The future is bright for this kid!

    If LVD ever gets back to form, we will have one nasty corps of linebackers.

  4. stvcl Says:

    Real man.

  5. DB55 Says:

    I’m over here like …..

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    What a find in the draft….

    Next year……CB, DE, S, CB, S, DE, WR

    Pick up a quality WR in FA

  7. Buc Neckid Says:

    Bruce Carter who?

  8. OneLove Says:

    Great Article Joseph! This is the kind of article that should get 75+ comments! Sadly, all the “non-sensical radicals” won’t be able to put a spin on this one so it won’t get past 20.

    ANOTHER GREAT draft pick by L&L. I’m excited to see this kid develop and help improve our defense going forward!!

  9. OneLove Says:

    @Buc Neckid

    HAHAHA! More like Mason Foster WHO!?!?! LOL

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    Rock it Kwon!

    Fire Lovie Smith 2015!

  11. Cannon Says:


  12. Buccfan37 Says:

    Kwon for president. It’s not like you have to be able to do anything but lie. Kwon the truth write in pick.

  13. Buccfan37 Says:

    Amazing that Kwon was available at that spot pick. Duh, everybody else missed the talent sticking out like a sore just hammered thumb. What a player! LVD too.

  14. CC Says:

    Kwan is the one bright spot on the defense. Its amazing that he leads the Bucs in passes defended and not any of the corners.

  15. JAB83 Says:

    AMAZING!!!!! Only 2 other guys in BUCS history have won Defensive Player of the week as a rookie…. That can’t be right…. Can it????

    Seems like this should INSPIRE EVERYONE ON THAT D.THIS.WEEL¡!!!!!

    BUCS are gonna shut out The G-Men….

    50-0….. or (31-17) Lots of sacks and LVD has a pick six!!!!

  16. Louis Friend Says:


    I want the name of your doctor, because they are prescribing you some excellent drugs if you think the Giants are being held to 0 or 17 points by this defense.

  17. Owlykat Says:

    Kwon for Defensive Captain!!! Never saw better play from a MLB. Inspired the whole Defense. They also need to buy a visioning machine for defense and make our entire Defensive Backfield spend a set number of hours each week to do all kinds of scenarios of what they will face in each new opponent. Fire Spencer first though. He is washed up! I must admit it though I am a USF graduate. Next year we have lots of cap room and we can get some proven veteran talent for Frasier to train into his Tampa Two scheme.