Despite what could very well end up being a 4-12 season, two Bucs players were deemed the best at their position, and will represent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL Pro Bowl, while another deserving player was left off the postseason honor, surprising many.
Gerald McCoy and Darrelle Revis will make the trip to Hawaii wearing the pewter-colored helmet of the Buccaneers.
Linebacker Lavonte David was snubbed in what many expected to be his first trip to Honolulu after a sensational sophomore year that saw the former Cornhusker lead the Buccaneers in tackles with 137, while adding six sacks, five interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Gerald McCoy will be racking up the frequent flyer miles, as he will be taking his second trip to Hawaii. Tampa Bay’s star defensive tackle was happy for himself, but extremely disappointed that his teammate at linebacker wasn’t voted to the team.
“Yeah I don’t like that at all, I told him and I don’t mind saying it publicly, if I could give back my opportunity to go, I would,” McCoy said. “That’s my little brother and he is more than deserving, and I don’t think it is fair and I think he kind of got snubbed – there’s not kind of about it – he got snubbed. I am not trying to take away the honor of me and Revis going but I would give up my opportunity to give it to him any day.”
McCoy has had an even better 2013 season than last year, his first Pro Bowl season, notching 48 tackles, nine sacks, and three pass breakups so far this year.
“I just want to say that I am honored, guys has really been taking care of me,” McCoy said. “It is difficult to make it to the Pro Bowl once, but to make it in back-to-back years is pretty tough, especially coming off back-to-back injuries and then to bounce back and do that. I think it has been nearly 10 years, or seven or eight years since it happened, so it is definitely an honor. And I am happy that the fans, the coaches and players think that highly of me.”
Revis, who the Buccaneers gave up their 2013 first-round draft pick for, has had a huge impact on Tampa Bay’s secondary helping the Bucs defense go from last year’s 29th-ranked unit to the league’s 13th-ranked in overall team defense in 2013.
This year marks the fifth time Revis was voted to the Pro Bowl (2008-2011, 2013).
Revis who has recorded 47 tackles, two interceptions, one sack and leads the Bucs with 10 pass breakups was happy to be honored, but disappointed that David didn’t get the nod.
“It’s always an honor to get selected to the Pro Bowl and I’m looking forward to participating in the new format,” said Revis. “While I still believe I’m capable of more, this selection shows that people around the league respect the way I prepare and play. I’m excited to be able to share the experience with Gerald and I’m still holding out hope that Lavonte will be able to join us because he’s very deserving as well.”
McCoy talked about his Pro Bowl teammate.
“Well he definitely erases No. 1 receivers off the map during games,” McCoy said. “These guys are dominating week in and week out then they play us, and our stats may not be the best as far as passing defense, (but) if you look at that one guy that Darrelle is guarding that week, his numbers are very low. And that is the thing you get when you have Revis. You can take 10 guys and say, ‘Y’all do this, and Revis you take out that guy and the whole side of the field.’ And it is rare that you can find that in this league, but we got a guy like that on our team and I am excited he will be here for years to come.”
Other Buccaneers who could possibly be named to the squad depending on injuries other than David are wide receiver Vincent Jackson and safety Mark Barron.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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