Shaq Barrett Gets Honored

February 2nd, 2020

Award winner.

Man, can enough Bucs get shafted this year?

First it was Shaq Barrett not making first-team All-Pro. Then John Lynch gets denied again for a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Well, Shaq sort of got a consolation prize last night.

At a made-up event hosted by the NFL on the night before the Super Bowl, where everyone gets dressed up to show they make money and pat themselves on the back, the Deacon Jones Award was presented for the best sack artist of the year.

It is otherworldly for Joe to type this, but a Buccaneers defender got the Deacon Jones Award. And it was rightly bestowed to Shaq as the best sackman of the year.

How could it not be? Shaq led the NFL in sacks with 19.5 which also set the Bucs’ franchise record. The previous record was 16.5 held by Warren Sapp.

Kudos Shaq! You deserve it, and a whole lot more!

27 Responses to “Shaq Barrett Gets Honored”

  1. 541BucsFan Says:

    Congrats! The year is going to get better and better for Shaq. Hopefully he has time to put in the work to get better.

  2. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Congratulations Shaq!

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    We’ll see how 2020 goes ….lots to sign for continuity…..

    I don’t care about 2019’s awards.

  4. MadMax Says:

    As long as Shaq, JPP, and Suh are coming back….look out! About to make some real noise with the Superbowl being hosted in OUR HOUSE 2021!!!!

    Of course theres this QB thing to take care of though (TB to TB) oh yeah!!!!!!!!!

  5. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Keep it up Shaq!

  6. Sport Says:

    Nice!!! Congrats Shaq!!!
    Keep this entire D in place! We were witnessing incredible growth on D last year. Proved we can stop the run against some of the league best, we were able to accomplish our first goal of making teams one dimensional. The second goal of defending every pass shined in the second half. Our rookies and 2nd year guys will pick up where they left off. They are physical, long and fast. Proving coachable and smart too.
    Consistency with these coaches will help mold them in to a truly feared unit!

    I agree with those who say JW was surrounded by a poor team. However, he has overpriced himself for this team. Now the D is rising and we can find (need to find) a QB to compliment that D. We simply don’t need a $35M (or even $30M) a yr QB. Period.

    This is not JW hating, it is defense loving and complimentary football loving!!!

    No Individual player is worth forsaking the team.

    Go Bucs!

    In BA I Trust!

  7. OneBuc55 Says:

    Shaq balled out; hopefully the season he had is his new norm and not a fluke…

    The 1 year wonders are the guys you have to worry about paying big money…Assuming we do resign him; hopefully for out sake he’s the real deal…

  8. Mr. Reality Says:

    Information is huge when it comes to any player being selected for any kind of awrd. Enter the Tampa Bay area and the Bucs. First, the TV market coverage of the Bucs is very slim. VERY SLIM. Every week the TV maps show minimal areas tuning in. Can’t blame them. Next, print media and other media coverage of the Bucs absolutely lacks. There is really no print media to speak up, except one awful newspaper. Blogs just don’t cut it. They are for die-hard fans overall. Shaq doesn’t get his due because other than the stats column, few around the country are paying attention to him and his Bucs. Life isn’t fair.

    To go with what Sport said, when you have a team with “faces” like JW that don’t deserve to be it, you only slop off more media coverage. Winston hurts fan interest other than die hards (many of whom don’t want him around, for good reason), and he hurts national coverage…his off field stuff hurts the NFL brand. Period.

  9. Sport Says:

    One Buc – exactly why we need this entire D to return. He succeeded with his teammates. Keep them together!!! It is our highest priority for success next year.

    In BA I Trust!!!

  10. Buczilla Says:

    If the Bucs had made the playoffs, I think that Shaq runs away with the DPOY. The NFL has some balls naming an award after Deacon Jones when they don’t even acknowledge that he had the most sacks ever! Yet another nail (only a few left) in the coffin of the NFL when it comes to me continuing to be a fan. Between it’s politicization, sissy a$$ rules, not knowing what a catch is, and endless stoppages for nonsensical penalties that they can’t even review correctly, I’ve almost had it. 😂

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    They probably would have liked to give that award to someone else…..but couldn’t.
    As for Shaq…..not only was he a great player for us….he has a great attitude….his perpetual smile and positive nature (like Devin White) are a welcome addition.
    Funny that our FA class of Shaq, Suh & Perriman are all keepers (we hope)…
    They plus the draft class are the influence of BA & Bowles…..Licht probably just said “They look just fine to me, I’ll sign them up”

  12. Bird Says:

    Thats the person that should of said “i am balling”

    He is priority number 1 in offseason
    Changing the mentality in locker room

  13. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    The video forgot to show that sack in Arizona where BA threw the 3rd red flag. Murray’s knee was down. The refs said incomplete pass.

    That sack would have made it5 20.5. Maybe DPOY and a couple million more in his annual paycheck.


  14. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Great job Shaq! Let’s get you’re-signed to a long term contract and go for 20+ next season!

  15. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “Winston …hurts national coverage…”

    Actually, national coverage was horrible for the Bucs long before Winston became a part of this team. A lot of national media liked Winston this year. Their opinions of his have started to become similar to their opinions of Favre back in the day. And it was the national media who started comparing him to Peyton Manning.

    So your claim is false.

  16. Hodad Says:

    Just think how good he’ll be when he doesn’t have to take the field an extra 39 times a year.

  17. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    The hardest one to keep will be JPP.

    Suh has a flat rate…$10 million. Barrett will get around $14-$16 million. Nassib will get around $6 million.

    If JPP is willing to stay (debatable), he’ll want $12-$14 million. It’s a fair price, but it may price him off the team.

    Simply put: Whether the Bucs keep Winston or not, the QB position will cost us $26 million or more this year.

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    And, by the way…for those who are always down on Jason Licht:

    Remember, last year you all pointed to our cap issues as an excuse to get rid of him. He got us out of cap trouble in one season. Not many GMs have accomplished that while the team gets better.

    If you think it was only Arians who chose the talent, look at Arians previous stints. Many Cards fans felt he bailed after making the team worse with bad drafts.

    This is more likely a group effort, with Arians giving the final word. Bowles more than likely had a strong influence too.

  19. BigHog Says:

    SHAQ …if we pay him, will he even come close to being the feared defender he was in 2019?? NO because teams will gameplan against him, yes sign him but don’t expect the same amount of production!!! ITS JUST THE NATURE OF THE BEAST …GO BUCS 2020!!

  20. El Buco Realisto Says:

    @Buc Bonzai


    And you want to give credit to the below average gm because contracts expired???????? That is weak sauce Bonzai, even for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I would say raise your standards sheep, but I deal with the truth and “reality”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. BigHog Says:

    SUH …JPP …SHAQ …if you guys want to be together again and work towards being one of the best defenses in league history is you all accept 11million dollar contracts and we are set and on our way!!! Have a conversation and get it done!!

  22. stpetebucsfan Says:


    The voice of reason! Yeah we’d be crazy to imagine Shaq getting just under 20 sacks…I’d be very happy if he at least hovers around ten…and that ONLY if we keep JPP and Suh.

    I’m pleased to see the consensus developing around keeping ALL the defense together!!! Amen brothers.

    As for the elephant in the room…let it take care if itself…sign ALL the FA’s with the possible exception of Perriman. If we blow 30 million on JW then the rest of the lack of cap should come out of the offensive side of the ball. We can still draft a stud tackle and a big bruising running back…but if we pay a QB 30+ million he needs to be what D.R. calls a “force multiplier.” Somebody like Mahomes or Wilson or Jackson who can put the team on their back…warts and weaknesses and carry them…a true “force multiplier’.

    JWs own supporters here led by NDOG have totally shown that JW is NOT a force multiplier. It’s just an endless stream of excuses from them…bad routes..bad OL…bad defense..bad kickers…and while all that may be PARTIALLY true…EVERY team has weaknesses. If you’re going to pay a QB 30 million he needs to be able to overcome those challenges.

    If we had the #1 defense..the #1 go with the best pair of WR’s in the league and the #1 run game….JOE could play QB!

  23. Rod Munch Says:

    I’ve followed the NFL since 1986 and I’ve never heard of the Deacon Jones Award until now – so I’m not sure how prestigious it actually is. Seems like an award a Bucs guy would win while missing out on all the national stuff.

  24. Rod Munch Says:

    stpetebucsfan – Go back to your yankee retirement home old man, you’re boring everyone.

  25. SB Says:

    Figured there was no way I could get through this thread without seeing Winston’s name.

  26. PSL Bob Says:

    God, I can’t wait for next season!

  27. Dapostman Says:

    Shaq will never have another season like 2019 with 19.5 sacks. This is his career year. There will be no improvement from here on out.

    First 4 games and the last game he had 12 sacks in those 5 games.

    In the middle 11 games only 7.5 sacks even with JPP back for about half of them.

    I’d like to see him back but please do not OVERPAY for a career year.