David Finally Sees The Other Side

January 5th, 2021

Bucs LB Lavonte David.

Joe can’t help but be happy as can be for a guy who deserves to finally play in a meaningful January game.

That would be Bucs veteran linebacker Lavonte David. The Nebraska product was drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round early in the lost decade (2012). For a while there, Joe thought that David may end up as the best Bucs player who never took the field in a playoff game.

(Joe guessed Scot Brantley was playoff-less, but he played in two with the Bucs, starting one game. James Wilder also played in the same playoff games as Brantley. So who would have been the best Bucs player to never play in a Bucs playoff game, Gerald McCoy?)

David is so used to having January off, he even mentioned this is the time of year he’s going through his season-exit interviews.

“The past eight years, I haven’t been in this position,” David said. “I’ve been in a position where I was having my exit meeting and getting ready to head on to what I need to do in the offseason. It’s different now.

“I was kind of joking around about it after the game [Sunday], but it’s different now. This is what I’m here for – to be able to compete in the tournament. It’s finally here and now I have to do what I have to do [and] the team has to do what we have to do to continue to survive.

“The level of excitement is crazy, but at the same time, you know what’s at stake. … Every day, the moment is right now and we’ve got to be able to stay in that moment.”

If Joe had to put a photo of one player on this season, a playoff season, where the 12-season playoff drought (finally) came to an end, it would be a picture of David. The consummate pro is finally getting to see what real January football is all about.

33 Responses to “David Finally Sees The Other Side”

  1. Phx Bucs Fan Says:

    I’m not crying – you’re crying!

  2. Buddhaboy 19 Says:

    Big fan of Lavonte through thick n thin.

    Really Really BUMMED about Devin White sitch…

  3. iamrhenry Says:

    Paul Gruber?

  4. miken Says:

    Congrats to David! Also, happy for @JOE… he Built a great site and he too came on board at the bottom of the Abyss. GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!

  5. Robert Says:

    class act, darn shame I did not get to see more of him as I could not stomach to watch much when they hired you know who.

  6. iamrhenry Says:

    Hey Joe, how long will I have to stay in moderation. Its been some time now. Don’t even know what I did to get in there.

  7. unbelievable Says:

    So happy for him, and Evans. And Gholston too.

  8. Joe Says:

    Paul Gruber?

    Played in two playoff games (1997).

  9. Joe Says:

    Hey Joe, how long will I have to stay in moderation. Its been some time now. Don’t even know what I did to get in there.

    No idea. Never knew you were in moderation.

    Without going into a major explanation, unless you committed a Crime Against Joe at some point in the past, this is not a jail sentence. The WordPress spam filter sometimes puts people in moderation. WordPress is software not a human and Joe doesn’t know how to write code. Why this happens, again without going into a major explanation, just know unless you committed a Crime Against Joe in the past, you are not being singled out.

  10. miken Says:

    @henry… i always felt bad for Gruber. Probably a HOFer if he played somewhere else. He saw the playoffs in 97 but missed the great 99 run and that sucked.

  11. Bucfanforever Says:

    But the real question is: will anyone recognize that Lavonte played in a playoff game, or will that be ignored too? What if he wins the Super Bowl? Will they even honor him with a ring?

  12. Dewey Selmon Says:

    henry, moderation is like herpes, big deal at first then you just live with it and it’s a little inconvenience you notice once in a while.

  13. Dewey Selmon Says:

    lol I just got moderated.

  14. 813bucboi Says:

    glad he’ll finally get a crack at it!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!

  15. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    hahahaha! @Dewey

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I get moderated all the time……sometimes, I put in a word like Tmax….and…..whoops…..moderation…..waiting for it on this one.

    The good news is practically 100% of my posts are eventually cleared.

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I find it interesting that simply including another poster’s name gets you moderated.

  18. StonedBuc Says:

    David is about to beastmode… him and white are going to man handle teams. They’re insane talents and the playoffs make talent rise higher. Expect a hugeeee defensive push.

  19. TampaTown Says:

    Dewey OMG 😂😂

  20. Shecky Says:

    This will be Brady’s 42nd…forty freakin’ second…postseason start. Might wanna follow his lead this week.

  21. unbelievable Says:


    it’s only certain names though… like the one you mentioned.

  22. Clean House Says:

    Mike Evans

  23. Buczilla Says:

    Awesome stuff.

  24. orlbucfan Says:

    LVD: major human being class act, both on and off-field. I know he (and Gholston) are super psyched about playing this weekend. Pin your ears back you 2, and kill the WFT. Go Mighty Bucs Saturday!!

  25. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Like everyone I’m totally happy for LVD.

    I’m just as happy for Gholston. He’s been a glue guy for 8 years not only missing the playoffs but also largely unrecognized on a team with some star DL’s.

    I think Gholston is underrated and underappreciated.

  26. Oneilbucs Says:

    I’m happy for David , Evans , Goldson , to be playing in the playoffs .

  27. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    I would use Evans… Too bad Dotson isn’t at least a backup to experience this

  28. $acbuc$ Says:

    Lavonte was off the last two games I hope he bring it for the playoffs. He looked injured. That knee! I haven’t seen him in the opposing teams back field lately. His play recognition was slipping. I’m use to my guy beating blocks get to the ball carrier before the play start. I need that from you this game Captain Lavonte David.

  29. $acbuc$ Says:

    Put some sleeves on under your jersey because you looked cold in that Giant game. You been in Tampa enjoy that good weather now it’s time to practice in your draws to prepare for this cold journey to the Super Bowl. Buckle Up!

  30. $acbuc$ Says:

    I can tell the weaklings that run this site moderate who they want. You need to quit putting viruses on your site. I lost 10 phones tryna drop jewels on you non talented talent evaluators.

  31. $acbuc$ Says:

    All the profanity I see on your site . I said Buckle Up! Go ahead you can steal that swagu . Buckle Up Buckle Up

  32. JoJo Says:

    Poor Brady, has more than two and a half’s season’s worth of playoff games accumulated, he must be all worn out. Or not; we’ll see.

  33. iamrhenry Says:

    Thanks joe and company, I completely forgot Gruber was indeed in the playoffs. Guess I am still bummed he got hurt in his last year and missed those playoffs. Dude was a pillar on the Oline for years.