Lavonte David Talks Defensive Changes, Negative Bucs Fans, The Super Bowl Feeling & Antonio Brown

February 9th, 2021

Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes. The Bucs just manhandled all three of them in a row and won a Super Bowl.

Of course Lavonte David can’t stop smiling.

“It’s everything I thought it would be,” David told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “The feeling is undescribable.”

“Oh, man. To be the first team to win in the Super Bowl in your home stadium. You’re going down in history. You’re going to be forever remembered. You know, Tom [Brady] had a great speech for us before we came out and we took that and ran with it, man. This [win] right here is going to bring a lot of honor to guys on the team. It’s going to bring a lot of honor to the coaches, to the staff, to the organization, to our family members. It’s a great feeling to be here. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”

Those “honor” lines David referenced come directly from Tom Brady’s pregame speech. It was all about honor and everything a Super Bowl win would mean to everyone who touches players’ lives.

David, like many of his Bucs brothers, was miffed that the Bucs defense was underestimated. He said shutting down the Chiefs wasn’t much more than letting the linebackers play underneath while the rush and coverage executed to prevent big plays — stuff the Bucs have been getting much better at.

“Great team defense. We’ve been balling all playoffs, man, I don’t know why we was doubted. We proved the world wrong tonight,” David said. “And for the Bucs fans that stuck with us through all the hard times, we thank you. We appreciate you. And for the fans who, you know, who doubted us tonight whoever they may be, I hope you (laughs), I hope you (laughs again). I want to trash talk but that’s really not me.”

David closed his chat talking about how great the Bucs locker room was before Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski arrived to take it to a new level. He went out of his way to say that Antonio Brown was a benefit to that culture, not a disruptive force.

“You hear all this stuff about A.B., but we didn’t see none of that in the locker room, man,” David said of Brown. “He came in. He fit in with what we was doing. And he was able to get on train, man. And that’s why we here now. Everybody played a part in this.”

34 Responses to “Lavonte David Talks Defensive Changes, Negative Bucs Fans, The Super Bowl Feeling & Antonio Brown”

  1. Duemig from HELL Says:

    It’s hot down here

  2. Easy Says:

    Ive never been more happy for a player than LVD54. That guy wasted most of his prime years for a horrible team with horrible coaching and still had great statistical seasons. If this is in fact his last game as a Buccaneer (Lord I hope not) then thank you for being the humble leader and great person you are to this franchise. Canton should call your name one day when you retire.

  3. Jim Says:

    I’m proud of this team,..they deserve it.

  4. The Man Says:

    This is why T.B. played all that zone coverage throughout the year. To get better at it and be ready for when it was needed in the playoffs.

  5. Robert Says:

    Just happy to be a bucs fan again

  6. Bird Says:


    We know the fans lavonte is talking about

  7. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    How long til the trolls recover from this?

  8. Aceofaerospace Says:

    The trolls will never recover from this. They pissed away the opportunity to really enjoy this season because of their own stubborn ignorance.

  9. Steven007 Says:

    At the end of his quote above, David was speaking directly to the handful of JBF trolls we all know and loathe. Nice job Mr David. And congratulations. Will deserved.

  10. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    I don’t know of a single Bucs fan who at some point didn’t wonder of Licht, and the franchise, lost their way. But I never stopped loving and supporting this team. To those who did who are crowing, saying “their” team won, trust me, your friends know you are a loser.

  11. Robert Says:

    I think the trolls are now called saints fans

  12. Robert Says:

    I stopped supporting them when they drafted jw…… had too. 1st time I ever really quit on them. I.e. cancelled dish and football sundays

  13. Lokog Says:

    We’re Super Bowl champs 😎

  14. BucfaninMi Says:


  15. Beeej Says:

    Middle linebackers that are good in coverage… Rare thing

  16. orlbucfan Says:

    Lee Roy Selmon———Lavonte David, two of the finest players in NFL Defensive History, bar none. And, two of the classiest human beings, evah! Lee Roy retired as a Bucs HOFamer, and so will Lavonte.

  17. Bird Says:

    Watched game against last night

    The part of team not getting enough credit was the secondary
    Smb , carlton and dean balled out
    Winfield balled out
    Whitehead played with one shoulder and balled out

  18. Bucfan81 Says:

    Hopefully we can get him resigned. David needs to be a Buc for life he is the Ronde Barber of this team.

  19. JimBuc2 Says:

    Canceled Dish/Att eh? Me too. Pay that $400 early exit fee? Yeah, me neither! Up yours cable compay. Time for NFL to fully impliment internet access nationwide. Cable is dead.
    Thank you Tampa Bay Buccaneers. So proud of you!
    Go Bucs!

  20. Ed Says:

    LVD is such an overlooked player at his position because he is so consistent doing his job that it looks routine to see him braking up passes and getting to the edge for tackles.

    You see no dancing or celebrating when he makes a good play. He knows how good he is and let’s his play do the talking.

    I think it’s in his best interest to remain a Buc and it’s in the Glazer family’s interest to keep him. He hasn’t slowed down after 9 seasons. He can continue to be a key part in the Buc’s defense until he loses his speed.

    There have been many linebackers who have played into their mid 30’s and have stayed competitive.

    I hope he gets extended and takes a cap friendly deal vs going for bigger money because he is one of the top ten players to ever play for the Bucs

  21. DBS Says:

    Dish is a ripoff. I canceled mine and don’t get Lightning games. Thankfully the owner of 2 of the local stations in Tallahassee is a Bucs fan. So we don’t miss Our Bucs games.


    This guy covered and went toe to toe with the best TE in the league. Sure Kelce got his receptions and some yards but those were on broken plays he can only hang so long with a bad hamstring. I am up north and never heard of him until this year, definitely one of the best in NFL. Bird is also right, hats off to secondary, I didn’t think they stood a chance in this game, they were awesome and how about those playing injured. What a game!!!

  23. Buccfan37 Says:

    Hey Hey Hey we’re the Buccaneers, Ho Ho Ho we’re the Buccaneers, Offense Defence now we’re here to say, made the Chiefs walk the plank, threw em in Tampa Bay.

  24. Jim Says:

    Love LVD, and it feels so good to see him get a ring. I would be saddened if he finished his career elsewhere.

  25. unbelievable Says:

    So happy for him and Evans especially. Gholston too.

  26. VabucSINCE’97 Says:


  27. SlyPirate Says:

    Visit AFC team fan sites. The fans are screaming, “WE WANT LVD!” They are heralding him as the KC/Kelce stopper. I love it.

    He’s getting his recognition.

    I could see LVD leaving for a fat contract (ie. Raiders).

    He’s earned it.

  28. Pickgrin Says:

    LD54 deserves this joyous moment perhaps more than any other single individual that is a part of the Buccaneer organization.

    He has displayed nothing but excellence on the field for 9 long years wearing the Buccaneers uniform. And suffered through a LOT of painful losing during all those previous seasons. He’s also played here the last few years with a contract that is at least somewhat underpaying him compared to what the open market would dictate. It was smart of Licht to lock him up long term at around $10M per when he did 6 years ago.

    Would be hard to imagine LaVonte “chasing the money” at this point in his career. Most likely he will sign a new contract to stay with the Bucs for less than market value and try to keep this thing rolling. Just like Brady and basically everyone else on this team thats a FA is going to have to do in order to keep the core of this team together and have an excellent chance at winning another Championship in the 2021 season.

    It bothered me at the time when Nickerson left for more money in Jacksonville following the narrow loss to the Rams in the ’99 NFC Championship game. Hardy was kind of the heart and sole of that historically good Defense.

    Hopefully that doesn’t happen in 2021 and we can figure out a way to bring Barrett, Suh and LD54 back for at least 1 more season together.

    But thats next week’s concern.


    WE DESERVE THIS more than any other group of sports fans I can think of.

    SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS – it feels so good to write that…….

  29. 813bucboi Says:

    Super happy for LV54…he’s been through some rough times with the Bucs…. and he always stayed professional….



  30. LargoBuc Says:

    Of all the Bucs, I might feel the happiest for LVD. He’s such a nice guy and so humble. Not to mention all the spit he has had to put up with. All the bad coaching. Being surrounded by teammates that didn’t care sans a few. Constantly being overlooked. It’s been quite the road but now he gets his ring!

  31. tbbucs3 Says:

    Lavonte David is a pros pro. It was awesome seeing Brady and Lavonte hug after the game Brady knew how much this meant to him.

    Is there anyone currently in the Bucs organization (both front office and players) that have been a Buc longer than LVD?

  32. Neubi Says:

    I’m so happy that he got the ring. Well deserved. Although he made 55 million already, the Bucs should try to make sure that he won’t play for any other team. 3 year deal for 25 million and then Ring of Honour immediately

  33. Pickgrin Says:

    tbbucs3 Says:
    Is there anyone currently in the Bucs organization (both front office and players) that have been a Buc longer than LVD?
    Not players. Dotson was a Buc before LD54 – but he’s not here this year. Ditto for GMC obviously.
    Gholston came in the year after David.

    Mike Greenburg and Shelton Quarles are two names that come to mind as having been here longer than LD54.

    Actually – Quarles has been with this organization since 1997 – as a FA player from the CFL who worked his ass off to be good and simply never left – and is still here 24 years later. He moved straight from the field to being a pro scout in 2007 and has been working his way up the corporate NFL ladder with the Bucs ever since.

  34. Pickgrin Says:

    and BTW Joe – how bout looking into getting me out of permanent “awaiting moderation” status….. Pretty please? With sugar on top?

    Its been happening since last year and I’ve largely given up on commenting as a result. No idea why it started……

    My takes are usually reasonable and I’ve committed no crimes against Joe that I am aware of.