The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have nominated LB Lavonte David for the NFL’s Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. It is the third consecutive year that the Bucs ninth-year linebacker has been nominated by the team for the award.

David, who has captained the Bucs defense for seven straight seasons, is one of the more unheralded but respected players around the NFL. He’s been the Bucs best defensive player this season, with 90 tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss, five pass breakups, 1.5 sacks and an interception. David is currently Pro Football Focus’ sixth-ranked linebacker.

The Art Rooney Sportsmanship award is determined by a vote of the NFL players. The award is presented each year to an NFL player who demonstrates the qualities of great sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for opponents, and integrity in competition while on the field.

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