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Lavonte David again a finalist for Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award

The veteran linebacker could become the first Bucs player to win the honor.
Bucs inside linebacker Lavonte David takes a knee in the end zone just prior to the Monday night game against the Giants on Nov. 22. For the fourth consecutive year, David is a finalist for the NFL's Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.
Bucs inside linebacker Lavonte David takes a knee in the end zone just prior to the Monday night game against the Giants on Nov. 22. For the fourth consecutive year, David is a finalist for the NFL's Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Dec. 30, 2021

TAMPA — For the fourth consecutive year, veteran Bucs inside linebacker Lavonte David has been named a finalist for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.

David, who turns 32 next month, is among eight finalists. The award is presented annually to the player who best demonstrates onfield sportsmanship, respect for the game and opponents, and exhibits integrity in competition.

David, currently on injured reserve with a foot injury, is trying to become the first Bucs player to win the honor, established in 2014.

A team captain, he ranks second on the team with 97 tackles (including five for loss) while adding two sacks, four quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles.

Joining David as finalists are Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen, Houston receiver Brandin Cooks, Miami defensive back Jason McCourty, New England receiver Matthew Slater, New Orleans defensive end Cameron Jordan, San Francisco fullback Kyle Juszczyk and Minnesota wideout Adam Thielen.

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls

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