Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ interior defensive lineman extraordinaire Vita Vea has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster in replacement of Aaron Donald.
This writer’s love for Tevita Tuliʻakiʻono Tuipulotu Mosese Vaʻhae Fehoko Faletau Vea knows no bounds. This is far from the first little ditty about Vita Vea and it certainly will not be the last.
Vea’s uncanny ability to create gridlock at the line of scrimmage single-handedly thanks to and ungodly combination of speed and strength has helped get him, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get to this point. He also is getting better with each passing week, so by the time the 2022 season and beyond rolls around, opposing offenses better account for number 50.
Congratulations are without a doubt in order.
This honor is something of a two-way street. Vea is the best interior defensive lineman in football not named Aaron Donald, and is without question the best nose guard. This Tongan titanic should have already been named to the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster from the beginning, if not All-Pro.
Alas, since Donald and the Los Angeles Rams will be playing in the Super Bowl, going through the Bucs in the process, Vea will be technically awarded with his first Pro Bowl nod by playing in the game.
This may be Vita Vea’s first Pro Bowl honor, but it certainly won’t be the last. As the years go by his career accolades will certainly start to pile up, as he continues to be one of the best in the game. Naturally, future Pro Bowl nods will come almost certainly come as a result of him being actually voted for the honor, but for now, this will do.
Congratulations Vita Vea on your first Pro Bowl nod, and may this be the first of many accolades in a long and fruitful career (ideally with the Buccaneers).