Many Tampa Bay sports fans probably missed it – on account of their hockey team being in the middle of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final – but their was some good news surrounding their football team on Wednesday night as well.

Bucs LB Lavonte David is entering the final year of his rookie contract - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PRBuccaneer linebacker Lavonte David was named the 56th best player in the NFL, voted on by the players during NFL Network’s Top 100 of 2015 series, which airs every Wednesday.

David, the team’s leading tackler in 2014 (146) including 17 for loss, joins Mike Evans, who came in at 75, as the two Bucs’ players named through the first half of the series. For David, this is the second time he’s received the honor, ranking #35 in 2013.

In just three NFL seasons, David has recorded 429 tackles, 10.0 sacks, six interceptions, 18 pass breakups, six forced fumbles and six recoveries. During that span, the Nebraska product ranks second in the league in tackles, only behind Carolina’s Luke Kuechly (473).

While he’s only been to the Pro Bowl as an alternate, David has been voted first-team All Pro by the Associated Press. That achievement came after his 2013 season in which he became the first NFL linebacker to record at least six sacks and at least five interceptions in the same year.


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6 years ago

It’s an interesting list I guess…when the best OLB in the game is 56th, that means 55 players at other positions are considered to be having more impact…so be it…