On Wednesday, the NFL announced that David has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 13. David recorded 12 tackles, an interception, a pass defensed and a forced fumble to lead a swarming Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense in a 24-21 road victory over the Detroit Lions.
David is the second Buccaneer to win a Player of the Week award in as many weeks, but the first this season to take defensive honors. Running back
David is also the first Tampa Bay linebacker to receive that honor since Week Four of 2008, when it was won by the player to whom he is sometimes compared, Derrick Brooks. While it is clearly too early to put David alongside Brooks, who could be ushered into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as soon as February, the second-year player out of Nebraska has a similar ability to make plays sideline to sideline. That was evident on Sunday in Detroit when he made several one-on-one tackles of shifty running back Reggie Bush in the open field, and when he managed a diving, one-armed interception of a deflected pass in the first quarter.
David's interception clipped a Lions scoring threat that had nearly reached Tampa Bay's red zone and set up a 58-yard field goal drive to open the scoring. Later in the quarter, David hustled to catch wide receiver Nate Burleson from behind on a screen pass, forcing a fumble that unfortunately for the Buccaneers rolled out of bounds before it could be recovered.
David's candidacy for Player of the Week honors was undoubtedly helped by the string of big plays made by Tampa Bay's defense in Detroit, spread out over a large number of players. The Buccaneers forced five turnovers and blocked a punt in the game, with those six key moments turned in by six different players. Tampa Bay played the game without usual starting middle linebacker
This is David's second league award. He was also named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month last November.