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January 3, 2014 @ 5:29 pm
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David, McCoy Earn First Team All-Pro Honors

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Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy were voted first team All-Pro on Friday
Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy were voted first team All-Pro on Friday Cliff Welch/PR
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The Buccaneers placed two players in the Pro Bowl, with Gerald McCoy and Darrelle Revis, selected to make the trip to Hawaii, but linebacker Lavonte David missed making the annual all-star game. On Friday, David received some consolation, as he and McCoy were voted first team All-Pro by AP writers.
When the Pro Bowl results were announced last Friday night, many were shocked that Bucs linebacker Lavonte David had been left off of the roster. One week later AP voters got it right as David and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy were awarded first-team designations from the delegation of 50 Associated Press voters.
 
Friday’s announcement marks the first time that Tampa Bay has had multiple first-team All-Pro selections since 2005, when cornerback Rondé Barber and linebacker Derrick Brooks were given the honor.
 
This is David’s first career All-Pro selection. David started all 16 games for Tampa Bay this season, leading the team in tackles (143, tied for the fifth-most in the NFL), tackles for loss (20, third-most in the NFL), and interceptions (five, tied for the fifth-most in the NFL), while also contributing 10 passes defensed, 6.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a safety. This season, David became only the fourth player since 1982 (when sacks became an official statistic) to record 6.0 or more sacks and five or more interceptions in the same season, and the first linebacker to do so.
 
David is the first Buccaneers linebacker to be selected to the AP All-Pro first team since Derrick Brooks in 2005, and only the third in team history to ever be selected (Brooks, five times, 1999-2000, 2002, 2004-05; Hardy Nickerson, twice, 1993, 1997).
 
“Being selected was surreal to me, I was just stunned," David said. "It was like a dream come true. To be honored as one of the best of the best at your position is amazing."

David's numbers were well deserving of Pro Bowl honors, but the combination of fan, coaches and and player voting left David off the roster. Soon after, a number of players and media members voiced their displeasure with the system. There is a still a chance David makes the squad if one the current players end up in the Super Bowl or declines the trip because of injury.
 
McCoy had no problem making his second Pro Bowl but this marks McCoy’s first career selection to the AP’s All-Pro team. Originally selected third overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, McCoy put up a strong season anchoring the Buccaneers’ defensive line in 2013, starting all 16 games and finishing with 50 tackles, 9.0 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery. His 9.0 sacks led the team and were a career high, as well as marking the fourth-most sacks by a defensive tackle in the NFL this season and tying for fifth-most by a defensive tackle in Buccaneers history. His 15 tackles for loss were also a career high.
 
McCoy is only the second defensive tackle in franchise history to earn the first-team distinction (Warren Sapp, four times, 1999-2002) and only the fourth defensive lineman (Sapp; Simeon Rice, 2002; Lee Roy Selmon, 1978).
 
“It’s awesome,” said McCoy. “This is a dream come true because making the Pro Bowl is one thing, but being the best at your position is special. For All-Pro, you take the best two people at that position across the NFL, so to be considered one of the top two players at my position, that’s what you work for. You work to be the best. You don’t work to be mediocre or work to be just a guy. You work to be the best, and for the year of 2013, I accomplished that.”

Part of this report courtesy of the Buccaneers Communications Department

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    I like the looks of the Bucs D. With the stronger secondary and hopefully the return of the pre-injury Revis, the Bucs look ready to turn the corner.
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    What does it matter, congrats David. With Lovie as H.C., David will be an all pro,pro bowler for years to come. Look at the numbers he had this year, now he has the man who coached Brooks. Expect big things from David going forward.
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    And to think some here thought McCoy was a "bust". These two can be the foundation on which the defense rises to the top again.
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    He was a bust and has finally started playing with some fire and it shows.His best game this year which was his first dominating game of his career the Bucs won, the next game or two he didn't exist . He had a great year and deserves to be an All Pro and a Pro Bowler.Stats don't lie ,they aren't everything but they don't lie.Remember McCoy has a 10 plus million cap # ........2010 28 tackles 3 sacks, 2011 showed up at 265 lbs and was getting manhandled 11 tackles 1 sack,2012 30 tackles 5 sacks pro bowl gift, 2013 50 tackles 9 sacks hands down pro bowler , still disappears at times but is showing strength,fighting through some double teams and starting to use secondary moves when engaged.2012 30 tackles 5 sacks,2013 50 tackles 9 sacks stats don't lie.If Sapp had McCoys first step he would of had twenty sacks.
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    Please Read and Respond (I'd like your thoughts) As Bones said up above, why would you select Davis to the All-Pro team, yet not the Pro Bowl team? From what I've researched for several years, the All-Pro selection is considered a more coveted honor. The Pro-Bowl is more of a sexy, appealing type event. It's a business. Think about this...remember when football cards had special cards? They were called All-Pro cards. (just like Baseball Cards). Just something to think about in my opinion...
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    I agree with all comments made. Glad to see David and McCoy get their honors. Revis should have been on it also though.
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    I think David being snubbed from the pro bowl is plain ignorant. He gets designated an all pro but no Pro bowl spot?
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    Bones, I think it's because the Pro Bowl is considered more sexy, although I've read many opinions that being an All-Pro is considered a higher honor
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    How can David make 1st team all pro and be snubbed by the pro bowl? I didn't see 1 LB that I thought was better than David. I'm glad he's not going to Hawaii for that mean nothing, waste of time game anyway. But the guy was seriously slighted imo.
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    About time; that's why I don't pay attention as to who is voted via the popular votes.
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    This has to be one of the first times a player has been named ALL-PRO and not been a pro-bowler right. Im too lazy to check myself but damn its just so silly that David isnt a pro bowler. Pure unadulterated Bull spit
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    Aqib Talib is 2nd team all-pro corner for the Pats. (Revis not mentioned).----------- http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000308570/article/2013-allpro-teams ------------- Blount is running wild in NE too: 24 runs for 189 yds and 2 TD in week 17; 16 runs for 76 yds and 2 TD in week 16. 5.0 avg per carry this year w 7 TDs. At least we got Jeff Demps. Sigh.
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    Another reason Dom got fired, let the coach make a decision that was his, didn't take the trouble to control the player, easy way out!! Blunts avg has always been Great when given 20 carries.
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