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Lavonte David named NFC Defensive Player of the Month


The National Football League today announced that Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Lavonte David was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.


Through Week 3, David stands as the only player in the NFL with at least 20 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.


In the Week 3 win vs. the Denver Broncos , David surpassed five-time Pro Bowl , two-time All-Pro linebacker Hardy Nickerson (1,028) for the third-most tackles in franchise history (1,030), and now trails only Derrick Brooks (2,198) and Rondé Barber (1,428).


He is one of just two players in NFL history with 1,000-or-more tackles, 20.0-plus sacks and 10-or-more interceptions through his first eight career seasons, along with Pro Football Hall of Famer Ray Lewis.


Among all linebackers since 2012, David ranks tied for second with 12 interceptions and fourth with 47 passes defensed.


David has been a defensive captain for Tampa Bay in seven consecutive seasons (2014-20) and also serves as a national spokesperson and ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.






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