Lavonte David Talks Fitness and Football

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David plays hard, works harder

Lavonte David, 26, has worked hard to get where he is today. A two-star recruit from Miami’s mythical national championship-winning Northwestern High School, David went to Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College — where he lost to Cam Newton in the NJCAA national title game — before becoming a two-time All-American at Nebraska and second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last season, David earned a trip to the Pro Bowl and a five-year, $50.25-million contract extension. We caught up with the outside linebacker to talk fitness and, of course, football.

 

Most important muscle group…

I do abs as much as possible. Pushing medicine balls or crunches, jackhammers, bicycles, scissors, things like that. I get as much as I can in a workout. I get abs in the offseason workout and also the in-season workout. Working with your abs and core, keeps your back from tightening up. I try to keep my abs tight.

 

Most overlooked aspect of exercising…

Stretching. You got to always stay loose. Before every workout, I do some form of stretching. Whether it’s dynamic or having someone stretch me out. Stretching is key to preventing injuries and to keep going at a high level. I stretch my legs, quads, calves, back, arms, neck, everything. When you’re going to work out, you have to make sure everything is loose to get some blood flowing.

 

Playing other sports…

I find days to play basketball. Bike riding also.

 

Best basketball player on the Buccaneers…

Mike Evans is a really good basketball player. And me. I’m a good basketball player, too. I play like Dwyane Wade.

 

On Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston…

Jameis is an amazing kid. Fun kid, always excited. And he’s a winner. He just wants to win. To have that as a quarterback is amazing. I’m glad he’s our quarterback. Everybody in the locker room loves him.

 

Best quarterback you’ve faced…

Drew Brees (Saints). He’s a very smart man, understands what the defense is trying to do with him. He’s very hard to game plan for. He’s one of those guys you have to be in the right spot at the right time. There’s not many times you get to mess with him and get him off his game.

 

Best O-lineman…

Ryan Khalil (Panthers). He gets off the ball very quick and gets to the second level real fast. Once he gets a hold on you, there’s no letting go.

 

Best tight end…

Jimmy Graham (Seahawks) and his impressive amount of athleticism. Greg Olsen (Panthers) is another great tight end. Jordan Reed (Redskins) is one of the up and coming guys. Also Delanie Walker (Titans). Those guys are mismatch nightmares.

 

Best running back…

Marshawn Lynch (retired). Adrian Peterson (Vikings). When you come and tackle those two guys, you got to bring your all. You got to make sure you hit them with a good pop and make sure you rap up and hold on as long as you can. It’s a man-on-man game and when you are going against those guys you got to be ready.

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