After tallying the votes, the 2013 Bucs Nation Defensive Player of the Year is linebacker Lavonte David.
144 tackles. 6 sacks. 10 passes defended. 5 interceptions. 2 forced fumbles. 1 fumble recovery. 18 stuffs. The statistics only tell a small part of the story for Lavonte David's incredible 2013 season. Just to see the man make big play after big play was a joy to behold. David was solid in his rookie season, but I don't think many people would have thought his season would be this good. Simply put, David is the best 4-3 outside linebacker in football today, point blank PERIOD.
When we drafted Lavonte David in the second round, we all knew we were getting an undersized, yet solid and instinctive linebacker. I highly doubt any of us thought we would be getting the second coming of Derrick Brooks. When you watch David play, you can't help but to reminisce on #55 and how he dominated from his position. David brings the same kind of speed, intensity, big play ability and tackling skill, and he is still young and improving. Just a mere 23 years of age, the ceiling for David is sky high.
One can choose game after game where David made an impact: Buffalo at home, Detroit on the road, New Orleans at home...the list goes on an on. David put up numbers and plays on a consistent basis, and outside of Gerald McCoy, was the most dominant player on the field for BOTH teams. Another underrated stat is he has started every game he has played in, accumulating 283 tackles in his two year period.
I for one am thankful we have a corner stone for our defense like Lavonte David. His leadership has been a spark for the Bucs. Here's to more All Pro teams and hopefully a Super Bowl to top it all off.