Making the Pro Bowl is one thing. Being named All Pro is quite another. The latter is considered the more prestigious honor and three Buccaneers were so honored on Friday.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, linebacker Lavonte David and wide receiver Mike Evans were all named second-team All Pros on Friday in voting conducted by the Associated Press.
This is the third time McCoy has been named All Pro, the second time David had been dubbed with that honor and the first time Evans has been named to the most elite of NFL All-Star teams.
McCoy (fifth time) and Evans (first time) were also named starters for the 2017 Pro Bowl, but for David, this is oddly the second time (2013 was the other) in which he’s been named All Pro but hasn’t made the Pro Bowl.
Now, David could technically still become a Pro Bowler this year. He was named as an alternate to the squad along with linebacker Kwon Alexander, punter Bryan Anger and cornerback Brent Grimes, so he could still get that nod as well.
But again, the All Pro nod is the bigger of the two, and it’s quite rare to have earned it more than once. David is now one of only four linebackers in team history to earn multiple AP All-Pro selections, joining Derrick Brooks, Hugh Green and Hardy Nickerson.
McCoy, meanwhile, became only the eighth player in team history to be named to three or more AP All-Pro teams, joining Brooks, Nickerson, Ronde Barber, John Lynch, Simeon Rice, Warren Sapp and Lee Roy Selmon.
As for Evans, he became only the third receiver in team history to receive All-Pro honors of any kind, joining Mark Carrier (1989 second-team All-Pro, College and Pro Football Newsweekly) and Keyshawn Johnson (2001 first-team All-Pro, Sports Illustrated).