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December 27, 2013 @ 9:11 pm
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Bucs Send Revis And McCoy To Pro Bowl; David Snubbed

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The NFL Pro Bowl roster was announced late Friday evening and two Buccaneers – Darrelle Revis and Gerald McCoy – were named to the team by a combination of fans, players and coaches votes. A huge surprise to many was the one player not included on the roster, and that was sensational linebacker Lavonte David.
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.

Last modified on Friday, 27 December 2013 22:12

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    Absolute joke for David not to make the Pro Bowl!! Top 5 in tackles in the NFL, only the fourth player in NFL HISTORY to have 5+ sacks and 5+ Ints, AND only the 2nd player in NFL HISTORY to have 100+ tackles, 5+ sacks AND 5+ Ints and that's not good enough to make THIS year's Pro Bowl??!! They just made the entire selection process a JOKE!!!
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    David should have been an automatic selection. The Tampa Bay Times blame the fans for not voting enough and that we play a 4-3 defense instead of a 3-4. Hogwash!!!
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    @Surferdudes...Agree 100 percent!
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    It comes down to winning games, and being talked about by the national media, ESPN, NFL, showtime. The only time you heard about us it's been negative. Freeman, Tynes, MRSA, college coach kneel down dive play. With all the football shows I watch, sometimes I think we don't have an NFL team in Tampa. The Glazers need to hire a Parcels type, who can hire a G.M., and head coach who can make us respectable again.
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    And how is VJax not going? His best year as an NFL player and the only threat we have on offense?
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    This is an absolute joke!! Lavonte David is the best OLB by far!!
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