TAMPA — The Bucs elected their team captains for this season and, to no one’s surprise, one newcomer will have a "C" on his jersey.
Quarterback Tom Brady was voted by his teammates to be one of the two offensive captains. Wide receiver Mike Evans will be the other offensive captain, his fourth straight season he’s been elected by his teammates.
Brady was an 18-time team captain in his 20 years with the Patriots.
Second-year inside linebacker Devin White was also voted a captain on defense. He will join veteran inside linebacker Lavonte David as the defensive captains.
“You’ve seen it coming,” David said of White becoming a team captain. “As soon as he walked in the building, he knew he was going to be one of those guys people can follow and it’s showing. He’s one of those guys who always has a motor, he’s constantly talking and constantly doing things to get better.”
For David, the Bucs' longest-tenured player, this will be his seventh straight season as a captain.
“It’s real big, it’s real special to be voted captain seven years straight," David said. “And to be voted by different guys every year, it just shows I have the respect from my peers and I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. Every time I wear that 'C' on my chest, I wear it with honor, I wear it with pride. I try to display that on and off the field, because that’s the way those guys need me to be.”
The Bucs' two special teams captains will be inside linebacker Kevin Minter and punter Bradley Pinions.
Teams are allowed to have six captains, and last season three players were offensive captains: Evans, Jameis Winston and Ali Marpet.
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