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Lavonte David
LB #54
Height:
6-1
Weight:
233
Age:
27
College:
Nebraska
Hometown:
Miami, FL
Experience:
6

Quick Stats (2017):

TCKL
19
SCK
0.0
FF
2
INT
--
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 683 487 196 18.0 1 36 10 148 -- 32 2 14 8
2017 TB 3 3 19 15 4 0.0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- 2 2
2016 TB 16 16 87 67 20 5.0 0 4 1 15 15 15 1 4 2
2015 TB 16 16 147 85 62 3.0 0 13 3 19 6.3 20 1 2 2
2014 TB 14 14 146 101 45 1.0 -- 4 -- -- -- -- -- 4 1
2013 TB 16 16 145 107 38 7.0 1 10 5 87 17.4 32 0 2 1
2012 TB 16 16 139 112 27 2.0 -- 5 1 27 27 27 0 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
2 CHI W 29-7 9 8 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
3 @MIN L 17-34 7 4 3 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 NYG W 25-23 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 NE L 14-19 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 @ARI L 33-38 3 3 0 0.0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- 2 1

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Biography

Acquired By Bucs:

Selected by Tampa Bay in the second round (58th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.


Awards & Accolades:

2015 Pro Bowl Selection.

2013 AP All-Pro First-Team Selection.

2016 AP All-Pro Second-Team Selection

NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 12, 2013).

NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 10, 2015).

USA Today All-Joe Team (2012, 2013).

2012 PFW/PFWA All-Rookie Team.

NFC Defensive Rookie Of The Month (November 2012).


Career Highlights:

Has started all 78 games that he has played, totaling 663 tackles, including 85 for loss, 35 passes defensed, 18.0 sacks, 10 interceptions (2 return TDs), 12 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and one safety.

Only player in NFL history to record 450+ tackles, 15+ sacks and 10+ interceptions in first five seasons.

Ranks second in solo tackles (471), second in total tackles (663), and second in tackles for loss (85) among all NFL players since entering the league in 2012.

Since 2012, ranks tied for second among NFL linebackers in interceptions with 10 and tied for second among linebackers with two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Also tied for 13th among all players with 12 forced fumbles and tied for 11th with six opponent fumble recoveries.

Only NFL player with 600+ tackles, 10+ sacks and 10+ interceptions since start of 2012 season.

In 2016, tied for NFL lead, and most among linebackers, with 17 tackles for loss.

Garnered Associated Press Second-Team All-Pro honors following the 2016 season.

Named to first Pro Bowl following the 2015 season when he ranked third in the league in tackles (147) and added three sacks, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 13 passes defensed (most among NFL linebackers).

Named Associated Press All-Pro First-Team following 2013 season when he ranked fifth in the NFL in both tackles (143) tackles and interceptions (5). Added a safety, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and 10 passes defensed,

Tied for league lead with 14.5 run stuffs in 2013, according to STATS, Inc., and ranked third in the NFL in tackles for loss (20), behind Robert Quinn and J.J. Watt.

Ranked by Pro Football Focus as the No. 1 run stuffing outside linebacker and finished with the third-most quarterback pressures (sacks, QB hits, hurries) at the position.

Only NFL player with 125+ tackles and 6+ sacks in 2013.

One of only two players since 1982 to record at least 7.0 sacks and five interceptions in the same season (S Dave Duerson).

Earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 12 of 2013.

In 2012, led the Buccaneers in tackles as a rookie, posting 139 tackles, tied for the seventh-most in the NFL. Also posted 112 solo tackles, the second-most in the league.

Named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team in both 2012 & 2013.

Selected to PFW/PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2012.

Earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month in November 2012.

Only linebacker in Buccaneers history with two multiple-interception games.

Scored first career touchdown on a 20-yard interception return (Mark Sanchez) in win at Philadelphia (11/22/15).

Registered his first career interception at Denver (12/2/12).

Notched his first career sack vs. Philadelphia (12/9/12).

Started in his NFL debut against Carolina (9/9/12).


2016 Highlights:

Started all 16 games at linebacker, recording 87 tackles, including league-leading 17 for loss, five sacks, eight quarterback hits, one interception (returned for TD), four passes defensed, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

Tied for league lead, and most among linebackers, with 17 tackles for loss.

Tied for seventh in NFL with four forced fumbles. 

Only NFL player with 85+ tackles, 5+ sacks and 1+ interception.

Recorded eight tackles, including three for loss, in season-opening win at Atlanta (9/11).

Registered two quarterback hits at Arizona (9/18).

Tied for team lead with eight tackles, including two for loss, while adding a sack and a forced fumble (recovered by Tampa Bay) vs. Los Angeles (9/25).

Notched four tackles vs. Denver (10/2).

Posted five tackles in win at Carolina (10/10).

Recorded eight tackles, including one for loss, one forced fumble and one pass defensed in win at San Francisco (10/23).

Collected six tackles, including one for loss, vs. Oakland (10/30).

Matched season high with three tackles for loss vs. Atlanta (11/3).

Tallied two tackles, including one for loss, in 36-10 win vs. Chicago (11/13).

Registered four tackles and a forced fumble (recovered by the Buccaneers) in win at Kansas City (11/20).

Tied for team lead with seven tackles in 14-5 win vs. Seattle (11/27). With the Buccaneers leading by nine with 7:19 remaining, forced and recovered a fumble at the Tampa Bay 27-yard line and returned it 53 yards.

With the Buccaneers trailing 14-10 with 4:32 to go in the third quarter at San Diego (12/4), intercepted Philip Rivers and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown. It was the second consecutive Chargers drive he ended following a diving pass breakup the previous San Diego possession.

Tallied five tackles, including one for loss, in win vs. New Orleans (12/11).

Collected nine tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery at Dallas (12/18).

Recorded seven tackles and a sack at New Orleans (12/24).


College:

Started all 27 games he played in at Nebraska (2010-11), recording 285 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, two interceptions, 12 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered.

In 2011, earned first-team All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association, CBS and ESPN.

Also earned first-team All-Big Ten accolades (coaches, media, ESPN.com, Yahoo.com, Phil Steele).

Was a finalist for the Butkus Award (Top Linebacker), semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (Top Defensive Player) and semifinalist for the Lott Trophy (Top Defensive IMPACT Player) in 2011.

Named the 2011 Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year and Nebraska team MVP.

2011 Guy Chamberlin Award Winner for his play and contributions to the betterment of the University of Nebraska football team.

As a senior, led Nebraska with 133 tackles and ranked third in the Big Ten in tackles per game.

Also led Nebraska in tackles for loss (13.0), sacks (5.5), interceptions (2), forced fumbles (2) and fumble recoveries (2) in 2011.

In 2010, set a school record with 152 tackles.

His 285 career tackles rank fourth in school history, and most by a two-year player.

Recorded a career-high 19 tackles in one game against South Dakota State, the seventh-most in school history.

Was named first-team All-American (Rivals.com and CBS), unanimous first-team Big 12 and Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, as selected by the coaches, in 2010.

Prior to his time at Nebraska, led Fort Scott Community College (Fort Scott, Kansas) to the Junior College National Championship Game, while ranking among the conference’s leaders in tackles and tackles for loss.

Was named Defensive MVP of the JUCO National Championship Game.

Two-time first-team All-Jayhawk Conference selection and a Region VI All-American in 2009.

During his first season at Fort Scott, led the Jayhawk Conference with 93 tackles.

Majored in criminology and criminal justice.


Community:

In October 2016, joined teammates and the entire Buccaneers business operations staff for the team’s “Hometown Huddle”, helping to refurbish the Sulphur Springs K-8 School and Community Center and interact with students.

In June 2016, was named a national ambassador and BIG Champion for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, with the mission of creating more matches between children and caring, adult mentors across the United States.

In May 2016, helped dedicate a Buccaneers Academy at Bevis Elementary School, which was awarded a Fitness Zone and also presented with a special assembly and P.E. equipment for winning the 2016 Play 60 Challenge.

In November 2015 and 2016, hosted a bowling event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

In July 2015, hosted his inaugural free backpack and school supply donation to youth in his hometown of Miami, FL.

In June 2015, had his head shaved by children battling cancer as part of the Buccaneers Cut for a Cure to raise funds and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Paired up with United Way volunteers and students to install a “Learning Garden” at Edison Elementary in October 2013 and at Davis Elementary in September 2015.

Led students through football drills and promoted the importance of health and fitness for the opening of Buccaneers Academy Fitness Zones at Foster Elementary in September 2012 and Sulphur Springs Elementary in December 2012.

As a member of the Buccaneers Rookie Club in 2012, visited youth at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg and sang holiday carols to residents at Westminster Palms retirement home, visited MacDill Air Force Base to thank civilian workers and active duty military for their service, helped host a lunch for service members at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater and visited veterans recovering from injury and illness at Bay Pines VA Hospital, hosted an educational scavenger hunt for children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay at Busch Gardens Tampa, and greeted patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in May 2012.

Volunteered time while at Nebraska with team hospital visits and the Husker Heroes program.


Personal:

Attended Northwestern High School (Miami, Florida).

Won back-to-back Florida state titles in 2006 and 2007, while finishing with undefeated records both years.

Son of the late Lynette David.

Born Lavonte David on January 23, 1990, in Miami, Florida.

Acquired By Bucs:

Selected by Tampa Bay in the second round (58th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.


Awards & Accolades:

2015 Pro Bowl Selection.

2013 AP All-Pro First-Team Selection.

2016 AP All-Pro Second-Team Selection

NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 12, 2013).

NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 10, 2015).

USA Today All-Joe Team (2012, 2013).

2012 PFW/PFWA All-Rookie Team.

NFC Defensive Rookie Of The Month (November 2012).


Career Highlights:

Has started all 78 games that he has played, totaling 663 tackles, including 85 for loss, 35 passes defensed, 18.0 sacks, 10 interceptions (2 return TDs), 12 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and one safety.

Only player in NFL history to record 450+ tackles, 15+ sacks and 10+ interceptions in first five seasons.

Ranks second in solo tackles (471), second in total tackles (663), and second in tackles for loss (85) among all NFL players since entering the league in 2012.

Since 2012, ranks tied for second among NFL linebackers in interceptions with 10 and tied for second among linebackers with two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Also tied for 13th among all players with 12 forced fumbles and tied for 11th with six opponent fumble recoveries.

Only NFL player with 600+ tackles, 10+ sacks and 10+ interceptions since start of 2012 season.

In 2016, tied for NFL lead, and most among linebackers, with 17 tackles for loss.

Garnered Associated Press Second-Team All-Pro honors following the 2016 season.

Named to first Pro Bowl following the 2015 season when he ranked third in the league in tackles (147) and added three sacks, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 13 passes defensed (most among NFL linebackers).

Named Associated Press All-Pro First-Team following 2013 season when he ranked fifth in the NFL in both tackles (143) tackles and interceptions (5). Added a safety, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and 10 passes defensed,

Tied for league lead with 14.5 run stuffs in 2013, according to STATS, Inc., and ranked third in the NFL in tackles for loss (20), behind Robert Quinn and J.J. Watt.

Ranked by Pro Football Focus as the No. 1 run stuffing outside linebacker and finished with the third-most quarterback pressures (sacks, QB hits, hurries) at the position.

Only NFL player with 125+ tackles and 6+ sacks in 2013.

One of only two players since 1982 to record at least 7.0 sacks and five interceptions in the same season (S Dave Duerson).

Earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 12 of 2013.

In 2012, led the Buccaneers in tackles as a rookie, posting 139 tackles, tied for the seventh-most in the NFL. Also posted 112 solo tackles, the second-most in the league.

Named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team in both 2012 & 2013.

Selected to PFW/PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2012.

Earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month in November 2012.

Only linebacker in Buccaneers history with two multiple-interception games.

Scored first career touchdown on a 20-yard interception return (Mark Sanchez) in win at Philadelphia (11/22/15).

Registered his first career interception at Denver (12/2/12).

Notched his first career sack vs. Philadelphia (12/9/12).

Started in his NFL debut against Carolina (9/9/12).


2016 Highlights:

Started all 16 games at linebacker, recording 87 tackles, including league-leading 17 for loss, five sacks, eight quarterback hits, one interception (returned for TD), four passes defensed, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

Tied for league lead, and most among linebackers, with 17 tackles for loss.

Tied for seventh in NFL with four forced fumbles. 

Only NFL player with 85+ tackles, 5+ sacks and 1+ interception.

Recorded eight tackles, including three for loss, in season-opening win at Atlanta (9/11).

Registered two quarterback hits at Arizona (9/18).

Tied for team lead with eight tackles, including two for loss, while adding a sack and a forced fumble (recovered by Tampa Bay) vs. Los Angeles (9/25).

Notched four tackles vs. Denver (10/2).

Posted five tackles in win at Carolina (10/10).

Recorded eight tackles, including one for loss, one forced fumble and one pass defensed in win at San Francisco (10/23).

Collected six tackles, including one for loss, vs. Oakland (10/30).

Matched season high with three tackles for loss vs. Atlanta (11/3).

Tallied two tackles, including one for loss, in 36-10 win vs. Chicago (11/13).

Registered four tackles and a forced fumble (recovered by the Buccaneers) in win at Kansas City (11/20).

Tied for team lead with seven tackles in 14-5 win vs. Seattle (11/27). With the Buccaneers leading by nine with 7:19 remaining, forced and recovered a fumble at the Tampa Bay 27-yard line and returned it 53 yards.

With the Buccaneers trailing 14-10 with 4:32 to go in the third quarter at San Diego (12/4), intercepted Philip Rivers and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown. It was the second consecutive Chargers drive he ended following a diving pass breakup the previous San Diego possession.

Tallied five tackles, including one for loss, in win vs. New Orleans (12/11).

Collected nine tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery at Dallas (12/18).

Recorded seven tackles and a sack at New Orleans (12/24).


College:

Started all 27 games he played in at Nebraska (2010-11), recording 285 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, two interceptions, 12 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered.

In 2011, earned first-team All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association, CBS and ESPN.

Also earned first-team All-Big Ten accolades (coaches, media, ESPN.com, Yahoo.com, Phil Steele).

Was a finalist for the Butkus Award (Top Linebacker), semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (Top Defensive Player) and semifinalist for the Lott Trophy (Top Defensive IMPACT Player) in 2011.

Named the 2011 Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year and Nebraska team MVP.

2011 Guy Chamberlin Award Winner for his play and contributions to the betterment of the University of Nebraska football team.

As a senior, led Nebraska with 133 tackles and ranked third in the Big Ten in tackles per game.

Also led Nebraska in tackles for loss (13.0), sacks (5.5), interceptions (2), forced fumbles (2) and fumble recoveries (2) in 2011.

In 2010, set a school record with 152 tackles.

His 285 career tackles rank fourth in school history, and most by a two-year player.

Recorded a career-high 19 tackles in one game against South Dakota State, the seventh-most in school history.

Was named first-team All-American (Rivals.com and CBS), unanimous first-team Big 12 and Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, as selected by the coaches, in 2010.

Prior to his time at Nebraska, led Fort Scott Community College (Fort Scott, Kansas) to the Junior College National Championship Game, while ranking among the conference’s leaders in tackles and tackles for loss.

Was named Defensive MVP of the JUCO National Championship Game.

Two-time first-team All-Jayhawk Conference selection and a Region VI All-American in 2009.

During his first season at Fort Scott, led the Jayhawk Conference with 93 tackles.

Majored in criminology and criminal justice.


Community:

In October 2016, joined teammates and the entire Buccaneers business operations staff for the team’s “Hometown Huddle”, helping to refurbish the Sulphur Springs K-8 School and Community Center and interact with students.

In June 2016, was named a national ambassador and BIG Champion for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, with the mission of creating more matches between children and caring, adult mentors across the United States.

In May 2016, helped dedicate a Buccaneers Academy at Bevis Elementary School, which was awarded a Fitness Zone and also presented with a special assembly and P.E. equipment for winning the 2016 Play 60 Challenge.

In November 2015 and 2016, hosted a bowling event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

In July 2015, hosted his inaugural free backpack and school supply donation to youth in his hometown of Miami, FL.

In June 2015, had his head shaved by children battling cancer as part of the Buccaneers Cut for a Cure to raise funds and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Paired up with United Way volunteers and students to install a “Learning Garden” at Edison Elementary in October 2013 and at Davis Elementary in September 2015.

Led students through football drills and promoted the importance of health and fitness for the opening of Buccaneers Academy Fitness Zones at Foster Elementary in September 2012 and Sulphur Springs Elementary in December 2012.

As a member of the Buccaneers Rookie Club in 2012, visited youth at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg and sang holiday carols to residents at Westminster Palms retirement home, visited MacDill Air Force Base to thank civilian workers and active duty military for their service, helped host a lunch for service members at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater and visited veterans recovering from injury and illness at Bay Pines VA Hospital, hosted an educational scavenger hunt for children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay at Busch Gardens Tampa, and greeted patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in May 2012.

Volunteered time while at Nebraska with team hospital visits and the Husker Heroes program.


Personal:

Attended Northwestern High School (Miami, Florida).

Won back-to-back Florida state titles in 2006 and 2007, while finishing with undefeated records both years.

Son of the late Lynette David.

Born Lavonte David on January 23, 1990, in Miami, Florida.

 

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