Lavonte David Expected Tom Brady To Be Arrogant, “You Know, An A-hole.”

July 22nd, 2022

Everyone at world headquarters loves a good Tom Brady story.

This one isn’t the greatest, but it’s certainly candid, and it made Joe wonder about some former superstars who once landed in Tampa.

Iconic Bucs linebacker Lavonte David was a guest on The Herd yesterday and, of course, he was asked about Brady. More specifically, David was asked what he might share with his grandchildren one day about playing with The Goat.

It seems David was waiting for a different kind of man to show up after Brady signed in 2020.

“Seeing him coming into the locker room just being himself. You know, every time when you get a get a guy like that in your locker room, you would expect him to act a certain way or be a certain way, kind of be like arrogant, you know, an A-hole as much,” David said. “But Tom, man, with all his success and his stuff that he’s been throughout the league, he’s just a normal guy. He’s just wants to be a part of the locker room and want to be like everyone else. He wants to joke around with you, he wants to just talk to you. You know, he knows everybody in the locker room, got great relationships with people. Just the way he leads, the way he carries himself on and off the field is incredible to witness.”

Joe doesn’t believe for a second that Brady is just a regular guy. But it does seem that in the locker room and at One Buc Palace, Brady can be himself, let his guard down. And that part of Brady is just a football-loving dude who is a master of leadership and one who finds it a lot more peaceful and satisfying than his family and business life.

So if David expected a veteran superstar like Brady to be an A-hole on arrival, Joe wonders whether David forged that line of thinking after multiyear Pro Bowlers Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson landed with the Bucs in 2013?

Or after DeSean Jackson moved to Tampa in 2017?

44 Responses to “Lavonte David Expected Tom Brady To Be Arrogant, “You Know, An A-hole.””

  1. GOB Says:

    It comes from being the 199th overall pick. Brady has a complex about it. He comes off as humble to the media and teammates, but he knows he’s the goat. He famously told Mr Kraft, that he would be the best decision he ever made. Boy was that true.

    His teammates see how hard he works, and that endears them to him. The humble part is mostly an act though. Go watch the 30/30 on the tuck rule. A part of Brady has always remained grounded. He had confidence issues during his ten year Superbowl drought. That’s where the Alex Guerrero/ Tony Robbins stuff came into the picture. He truly believes in the power of positive thinking.

  2. SB~LV Says:

    Not everyone is like # 99 on and off the field 🐝

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If there is a player who could sniff out arrogance, it is LVD……the guy is Mr. anti-arrogant.
    As a matter of fact….we simply don’t have those types on the Bucs…..i;m trying to think of a current Buc I would describe that way and am coming up empty.

  4. #8 Says:


  5. Bucsfan13 Says:

    There are countless stories about someone having an image of Brady and then changing their mind once they go to know him. The most glaring example was James Harrison who played for the hated rivals the Steelers and then played for the Pats. Harrison is a mean dude who hates everyone, especially QBs. He said he went in their hoping to hate Brady, but said he couldn’t because Brady was such a good guy and he admired his work ethic. Harrison also said he’s a good BS detector and he thought Brady was authentic. Sherman had a similar story. He even made an appearance in Brady’s recent doc.

    I don’t know Brady personally, but when a guy’s teammates say good things about you I give it much more credibility than some media types who hate him, but have no idea how he is in the locker room. This goes for all players in every sport. Pay attention to what teammates and former teammates say about a player. They’re more insightful than some media guy. He’s been in the league damn near 23 years, and not one teammate had anything negative things to say about him. The cognitive dissonance from what media types think of him and what he is teammates and former teammates is huge. What’s exactly a regular guy? That’s subjective. Just because he’s very wealthy, doesn’t mean he’s not regular. Just means that he’s richer than most lol

  6. Pa Bucs fan Says:

    With every team coming out with alternate helmets/unis I have a solution for us Bucs fans who don’t wanna wait till 2023…why can’t Bucs have the creamsicle away unis make an appearance this season, should be able to avoid the issues causing the wait since jersey and pants are both white with just a bit of creamsicle needed and we still get to see that sweet helmet..pretty great thought in my humble opinion would love to hear your guys thoughts

  7. sasquatch Says:

    I think we’ve heard versions of this story before… but I guess we can’t avoid 5 servings of Brady a day, even if we’ve already heard it all before.

  8. sasquatch Says:

    Dear #8,
    Perhaps you are Ndamukong Suh’s mom and you are concerned your son will be out of work. Sorry, he won’t be employed in Tampa, but he can certainly find gainful employment elsewhere in the league.

    The Bucs have moved on, maybe you should do the same.

  9. Show Me the TDs Says:


  10. Crickett Baker Says:

    I must be the only one who doesn’t in the least wanna see those creamsicle uniforms we lost so many games in. A creamsicle melts in the sun and pewter does not.

  11. Maniac Buc Says:

    Listen people, it’s a Bucs website. You know what you’re going get on daily basis? Stories about the Bucs. The fact that people come to a Bucs website and complain about Getting stories about a Bucs player is crazy. This blog is one of the few that gives you multiple stories, daily. 24/7/365. So if you’re tired of a subject l, just skip it and move on to the next. ITS THAT SIMPLE

  12. #8 Says:

    Lets get a vote up on who the next vet to be signed is?

    You know my vote.

  13. Max Vasher Says:

    Vote Suh

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Suh has been replaced……JPP if cheap is my choice.

  15. GOB Says:

    PA Bucs Fan, I’d love to see Brady in the orange sickle uniform. What better way to exorsize the demons of the past, by winning in those beautiful colors. I always loved the helmet.

  16. kyle Says:

    brady for president 2030?

  17. dbbuc711 Says:

    If anyone in that locker room was an arrogant ahole I’m sure Brady, Arians, and Licht would straighten them out or get rid of them damn fast.

  18. SOEbuc Says:

    Kyle I say Brady 2024 since there is no presidential election in 2030. A non politician is what the country needs for a leader.

  19. Joe Says:

    Thank you Marine. 👏

  20. mark2001 Says:

    Joe…these guys are NFL players…cream of the crop athletes. Top 1% in the world most likely. None of them are “regular guys”. LOL.

  21. Joe Says:

    I think we’ve heard versions of this story before… but I guess we can’t avoid 5 servings of Brady a day, even if we’ve already heard it all before.

    Got some very unfortunate news for you: One of the most popular international athletes who ever lived is the quarterback of the Bucs. If you think Joe is going to quit writing about him and instead give you content about Dee Delaney or Rakeem Nunez-Roches, then you have inhaled some very toxic narcotics and may want to call 911 for some immediate medical help.

    If anything, Joe should be writing more Tom Brady stories.

    What is with some people they want to ignore the Bucs have/had two of the greatest players who ever lived (Brady and Gronk)? 🤦‍♂️

    You guys really want to put Joe out of business that badly? 🤷‍♂️

  22. Listnfrmafar Says:

    David expected Roger’s to walk in and got some humble pie with TB12.

  23. Myrtle Beach Buc Says:

    Joe with all the clout you have and all the junk you talk about Uncle Colin why aren’t you getting exclusive interviews with Bucs superstars?

  24. NCBucfan Says:

    Thank you Joe! What other QB went to another team and turned them around instantly, and took them to the top, after being in the abyss of the lost+decade! Stafford doesn’t count for the rams, as he was traded for, and the rams already were knocking on the door. I will always appreciate Brady for what he did for our Bucs! Give us 10 Brady stories a day Joe!

  25. mark2001 Says:

    Please sasquatch… many think that job related experience, education, and training is bad when it comes to Doctors and Nurses, too. And just about everything else now days. We used to call them outhouse lawyers. Now they are internet lawyers, doctors, engineers, architects, etc.; and coaching experts, as we see on a daily basis on this board.

  26. sasquatch Says:

    Joe Says:
    July 22nd, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    If anything, Joe should be writing more Tom Brady stories.

    If you’re committed to 5 servings a day of Brady because you need the clicks, you’re not really providing value as much as you are simply providing cl!ckbait. Half of the time it’s even less noteworthy than celebrity gossip. I’d be happy to hear something new and actually interesting… ya know, maybe something that didn’t reek of cr0tch sniffing.

  27. NCBucfan Says:

    Americas QB will hopefully get blasted week 2! I don’t just want to beat the slimy Saints, I want us to crush their soul!!!

  28. '79 Defense Says:

    Lavonte and all the others should ask for a “Brady Question” performance clause to be put in their contract. They deserve it. It’s got to get a little tiring answering the same version of “what’s it like playing with Tom” again and again… and again, and again…

  29. Joe Says:

    Uncle Colin why aren’t you getting exclusive interviews with Bucs superstars?

    Joe doesn’t have clout, but thanks for thinking that way. 🙂 And most of the time for national radio shows out of season these radio/TV shows go through player’s agents or sponsorship marketing reps. These sponsorship reps HATE guys like Joe. They HATE writers.

    (Few years ago when Super Bowl was in Phoenix, Joe went to radio row when Lavonte David was there. He was sponsored by some product. The marketing rep wouldn’t give Joe the time of day other than to say Lavonte had zero time to talk to Joe so buzz off. Fortunately, a Bucs media relations staffer was also there and he stepped in for Joe and told the marketing rep in no uncertain terms that she will make time for Lavonte to talk to Joe since Joe was an accredited Bucs media member. That was very nice and Joe never forgot that. It was still technically in-season, so the Bucs media relations staffer could have shut Lavonte down for the day if he chose to. At radio row, market reps consider reporters insects.)

    Joe virtually has no relationships with agents because Joe doesn’t trust them.

  30. Joe Says:

    If you’re committed to 5 servings a day of Brady because you need the clicks,

    This is a business, not a newspaper. Businesses don’t stay open very long if they offer up a product folks don’t want. It’s simple Business 101.

    For the 10,000th time, Joe writes about what Joe finds interesting. Period. That’s the plan from Day 1 and that has not changed. And Joe will not be bullied into changing that.

    Fans like to read about the stars. Always have. So does Joe. Brady and Lavonte David are stars. David had something to say with insight about Brady that Joe never heard before. No, Joe hasn’t been in the Bucs locker room for two years, thanks to The Sickness.

    If you crave stories about Nick Leverett’s hand placement or Ross Cockrell pumping weights, there are lesser sites where you can obtain that information.

    Those are also the same sites that are asking readers for donations to keep the power on. Joe has zero inclination or desire to change his business model to mirror struggling outfits.

    If Joe wanted just “clicks” he’d turn this place into a porn site.

  31. sasquatch Says:

    Joe Says:
    July 22nd, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    If Joe wanted just “clicks” he’d turn this place into a porn site.

    It’s not a terrible idea. 🤣

  32. Goatfarmer Says:

    My first request for Joes’ new business development idea is a feature on Annie Agar.


  33. AbucAway Says:

    Letting another player live in your house doesn’t have an a-holish vibe to me.
    Man, I sure wish AB was coming back. It was exciting cause you just knew on any play (or sideline) he could find the end zone.

  34. Jerry R Jones Says:

    Hall signed.
    Since every single rookie not named Bosa always signs and contracts are slotted by the NFL labor agreement, Joe doesn’t consider a rookie signing a contract to be news. When they don’t sign, then that’s news at JoeBucsFan world headquarters.–Joe

  35. BitcoinTom Says:

    If it’s a Tom Brady story I click. Simple as that. Brady gets clicks means good for business.

  36. David Says:

    I hate having to come across as an SUH hater because I am not. The guy was fantastic, but…….


    You really need to get over it. Every time you type SUH you show your ignorance. You obviously did not watch the Buccaneers last year. SUH got progressively worse against the run and had virtually no pass rush last year (except maybe two games against a weak O lines).

    He’s gone because he’s not worth more than 1 million year now and he won’t take that, so they upgraded

  37. David Says:

    So am I the only one who has noticed how there has never, ever, been stories like this about Aaron Rodgers. Not one. In fact, quite the opposite.
    Arrogant superstar diva who thinks he can do no wrong and blames everyone around him except himself

  38. Buczilla Says:

    Every second article could be about Brady and I’d still happily read it. We are lucky to have this dude and it’s a special time to be a Buc fan.

  39. Eddie Marz Says:

    Thanks for the site Joe, read it every day. GOBUCS!

  40. Cobraboy Says:

    So what’s the story with David’s foot?

  41. D-Rok Says:

    I, for one, absolutely LOVE this site. As a sports fan for 40+ years, this is the best site I’ve ever been on where I can get daily content, year-round, on the team I root for.

    Please continue, Joes – your business model and content are awesome!! TY

  42. Goatfarmer Says:


  43. robclwtr Says:

    I would bring back Suh AND Jpp. I read the stuff trying to prove that Suh has lost it. All I saw last year was the intangible things with Suh out there. And as far as Jpp, the guy is always trying. Always. I’m not a stat guy so I don’t know about his success rate, but I could easily say he’s the best bucs rusher I’ve ever seen. He was hurt last year. Hurt. And what kind of recognition did he get for it. Good against the run, but doesn’t have it anymore. Man, I hope we sign him and he proves everyone wrong. I think he’d be alot better than Tryon or Hall, and if not, who better to teach them. Suh AND Jpp.

  44. robclwtr Says:

    Also, I’ve railed on Joe for not getting off his ass and getting some interviews. It was nice to hear some of the behind-the-scenes stuff explaining why he can’t just get an easy interview. I would NOW suggest for Joe to hang out at Kroger’s or become an undercover Uber driver!