Winning football games gets you recognition. Not just locally, but league wide as well.

A Bucs player earned an award this week after Tampa Bay beat the Panthers on Thursday night. Something a defensive player in Tampa Bay hasn’t earned since 2015.

The National Football League on Wednesday announced that Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 2.

Against the Carolina Panthers, Barrett recorded a career-best three sacks and four quarterback hits in a 20-14 win for Tampa Bay. The Colorado State product became the first Buccaneers player to record three-or-more sacks in a game since Jacquies Smith at New Orleans on 9/20/15.

Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett

Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett – Photo by: Getty Images

Barrett notched all three of his sacks during the third quarter, becoming one of just 11 players to accomplish that feat since he entered the league in 2014. He joined Simeon Rice (first quarter at New Orleans on 12/1/02) as the only two Buccaneers players since at least 1991 to collect three-plus sacks in a single quarter.

Following Week 2 action, Barrett currently ranks first in the NFC and second in the NFL with 4.0 sacks on the season, trailing only Cleveland’s Myles Garrett (5.0). The four sacks tie Barrett for the most in franchise history through two games. The Baltimore, Maryland, native also leads the Buccaneers with five quarterback hits on the season to go along with his eight tackles.

Barrett is Tampa Bay’s first NFC Player of the Week this season and the first Buccaneers Player of the Week winner since Ryan Fitzpatrick won NFC Offensive Player of the Week last season in Weeks 1 and 2. Barrett joins a list of 20 Buccaneers players to have been named NFC Player of the Week in their first season with the team, including seven defensive players.

He is the first Buccaneers defensive player to win the award since Lavonte David earned it for his performance in Week 11 of the 2015 NFL season.

-Some of this report courtesy of the Buccaneers communications department 


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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for 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, the beach and family time.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
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Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

Congrats Shaq!

Looking forward to seeing more Bucs defenders receive awards and accolades this season. Hard work is starting to pay off. Keep grinding.

1 year ago

Well deserved really – those were 3 honest sacks!

1 year ago

3 more Sunday!

1 year ago

This guy looks like some wild berzerker creature the way he flies off the edge and through gaps! Keep going Barrett Barrage!

1 year ago

Congratulations. Great pickup by our much maligned GM.

Captain Sly
Reply to  buddah
1 year ago

Careful Know! Pretty sure Licht’s decision to sign Shaq Barrett off of Denver was a direct reflection of John Elway’s incompetence as a GM who recently drafted Shane Ray 1st rd bust, Paxton Lynch 1st rd bust & Vance Joseph HC bust. Which GM do you think Shaq would choose to play for.

Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

Come on now, none of that is relevant! Licht has some work to do but it was a good pickup. A GM bein a Doof doesn’t make another GMs move irrelevant. In the end aren’t a lot of good GM moves due to other GMs bad moves?

1 year ago

Congrats! I am loving our defense as a whole unit, but Barrett is a standout! Keep it up guys.