He may not have been voted into the Pro Bowl, but Lavonte David got even more important recognition on Friday when the Associated Press named its All-Pro teams for the 2013 season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ weakside linebacker was one of two Bucs to make the first-team. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was the other.
Lavonte David finished the year with countless accomplishments, including being one of only two players in NFL history to record 100 tackles, 6 sacks and 5 interceptions in a season. The other was Rodney Harrison.
David was dominant in every facet of the game, and if the Buccaneers were more competitive in 2013, he’d be a strong contender for Defensive Player of the Year.
McCoy continued his rise to the top of the defensive tackle rankings in the NFL, as his nine sacks made him one of only 18 Buccaneers to reach that milestone in team history. But unlike Michael Bennett, who acheived nine sacks in 2012, McCoy did his work from the defensive tackle position on a full-time basis, splitting double teams and fighting through holds to get after opposing quarterbacks.
McCoy also set a career high in passes defended with four, and had career highs in tackles and assisted tackles as well.
Missing from the All-Pro teams were cornerback Darrelle Revis and right tackle Demar Dotson, who were the only two Buccaneers who could have been considered as among the best at their positions. But Revis did not post gaudy numbers, and Dotson was overshadowed by left tackles with bigger names on better teams.