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Bucs' McCoy, David named to AP All-Pro team

Linebacker Lavonte David, left, and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, right, are the Bucs' first first-team selections to the AP NFL All-Pro team since Derrick Brooks and Ronde Barber in 2005.


Linebacker Lavonte David, left, and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, right, are the Bucs' first first-team selections to the AP NFL All-Pro team since Derrick Brooks and Ronde Barber in 2005.

TAMPA — Bucs linebacker Lavonte David, snubbed last week when he wasn't among the five outside linebackers picked for the Pro Bowl, got a measure of redemption Friday as he and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy were honored as first-team All-Pro selections by the Associated Press.

"Almost like a dream come true," David said in a statement released by the team. "To be honored as one of the best of the best at your position is amazing. … I would like to thank God, first and foremost, for blessing me. I'd like to thank my coaches for coaching me and helping me develop to be a great football player. My teammates, for pushing me … all of those guys are like brothers to me, and I wouldn't be in this position without those guys."

In McCoy and David, the Bucs have their first All-Pro first-teamers since 2005, when linebacker Derrick Brooks got his fifth and final nod, and cornerback Ronde Barber got the last of his three first-team honors. It's the first All-Pro first-team honors for both players, though McCoy has made the Pro Bowl two years in a row.

"It's awesome," McCoy said in a statement. "This is a dream come true because making the Pro Bowl is one thing, but being the best at your position … 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."

Darrelle Revis, who made the Pro Bowl in his first year with the Bucs, was not among five cornerbacks selected on the AP's two All-Pro teams. Former Bucs corner Aqib Talib, now with the Patriots, was named second team.

David was one of three first-team All-Pro selections who weren't among the initial 85 named to Pro Bowl rosters, along with Eagles guard Evan Mathis and Vikings return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson.

"I thought he got slighted and snubbed in the Pro Bowl, but I told him that he would be an All-Pro," McCoy said. "There's no way you could keep him off of that. He is one of the best outside linebackers in the NFL, if not the best, and that's what this list is showing. I'm glad he got the credit he deserves, and it's an honor to be on there with him."

The Bucs' two first-team selections were as many as any nonplayoff team this season, and only Carolina and Philadelphia, with three players each, had more selections in the entire league. The Bucs did not have anyone selected to the second team.

While the Pro Bowl gives a player a trip to Hawaii, the All-Pro team honors are more difficult to come by. The Bucs have had 82 selections to the Pro Bowl in the team's history, but they have been named to the AP All-Pro first team just 23 times. In the franchise's first 21 years in the NFL, the Bucs had just two AP first-teamers: defensive end Lee Roy Selmon in 1979 and linebacker Hardy Nickerson in 1993.

Associated Press All-Pro team

First-team offense

Quarterback—Peyton Manning, Denver

Running backs—LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia; Jamaal Charles, Kansas City

Fullback—Mike Tolbert, Carolina

Tight end—Jimmy Graham, New Orleans

Wide receivers—Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Josh Gordon, Cleveland

Tackles—Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Jason Peters, Philadelphia

Guards—Louis Vasquez, Denver; Evan Mathis, Philadelphia

Center—Ryan Kalil, Carolina

Kicker—Justin Tucker, Baltimore

Kick Returner—Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota

First-team defense

Ends—J.J. Watt, Houston; Robert Quinn, St. Louis

Tackles—Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit

Outside linebackers—Robert Mathis, Indianapolis; Lavonte David, Tampa Bay

Inside linebackers—Luke Kuechly, Carolina; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco

Cornerbacks—Richard Sherman, Seattle; Patrick Peterson, Arizona

Safeties—Earl Thomas, Seattle; Eric Berry, Kansas City

Punter—Johnny Hekker, St. Louis

Second-team offense


Running backs—Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Eddie Lacy, Green Bay

Fullback—Marcel Reece, Oakland

Tight end—Vernon Davis, San Francisco

Wide receivers—A.J. Green, Cincinnati; Demaryius Thomas, Denver, and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

Tackles—Tyron Smith, Dallas; Joe Staley, San Francisco

Guards—Jahri Evans, New Orleans; Logan Mankins, New England, and Josh Sitton, Green Bay

Center—Alex Mack, Cleveland

Kicker—Matt Prater, Denver

Kick Returner—Dexter McCluster, Kansas City

Second-team defense

Ends—Mario Williams, Buffalo; Greg Hardy, Carolina

Tackles—Dontari Poe, Kansas City; Muhammad Wilkerson, N.Y. Jets, Jurrell Casey, Tennessee, and Justin Smith, San Francisco

Outside linebackers—Tamba Hali, Kansas City; Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco

Inside linebackers—Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati; Karlos Dansby, Arizona

Cornerbacks—Aqib Talib, New England; Joe Haden, Cleveland, and Alterraun Verner, Tennessee

Safeties—Eric Weddle, San Diego; Kam Chancellor, Seattle, Jairus Byrd, Buffalo, T.J. Ward, Cleveland, Devin McCourty, New England, and Antrel Rolle, N.Y. Giants

Punter—Brandon Fields, Miami

Bucs' McCoy, David named to AP All-Pro team 01/03/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 3, 2014 10:36pm]
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