He didn't make it to the Pro Bowl, but Bucs linebacker Lavonte David gets recognized for his record-setting season. David, along with Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, was named to the AP's All-Pro team.
This is the first time the Bucs have had multiple first-team selections since 2005, when Derrick Brooks and Ronde Barber were honored.
David is just the fourth player since 1982 to record six sacks or more and have five or more interceptions. He's the first linebacker ever to do it.
"Being selected was surreal to me," David said in a released statement from the team. "I was just stunned. It was like a dream come true. To be honored as one of the best of the best at your position is amazing."
Gerald McCoy earn his first All-Pro distinction and is heading to his second Pro Bowl this month after a career season with nine and a half sacks. He's just the second defensive tackle in team history to earn the first-time honor. Warren Sapp did it four times.
"It's awesome," said McCoy in a released statement by the Bucs. "This is a dream come true because making the Pro Bowl is one thing, but being the best at your position is special. For All-Pro, you take the best two people at that position across the NFL, so to be considered one of the top two players at my position, that's what you work for. You work to be the best. You don't work to be mediocre or work to be just a guy. You work to be the best, and for the year of 2013, I accomplished that."
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