‘There’s Only One Expectation, and That’s Winning’- Buccaneers’ Devin White on How Tom Brady Has Helped Him and the Team Grow

Published 02/01/2021, 6:33 AM EST
Dec 20, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White (45) celebrates a sack of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (not pictured) in the second half of a NFL game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


Devin White has enjoyed a breakthrough 2020 campaign. With 9.5 sacks and 140 tackles combined, White has been an integral part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense, which has really kicked into life in the postseason.

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Sacking Aaron Rodgers 5 times in the NFC Championship game, the Buccaneers limited the quarterback’s influence early on. Something that helped them build towards a 31-26 win over the Green Bay Packers.

Now playing in his first-ever Super Bowl, White is pumped as ever. And he credited a lot of his team’s success to the champion mentality instilled by their new quarterback, Tom Brady.

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Devin White lauds Brady for winning over the locker room

During a segment of Bussin’ With The Boys, Devin White talked about how the team has grown thanks to the experience that Tom Brady brings to the locker room.

“Yeah, I think that’s the amazing part is just taking in that (experience) from him. And the thing is always getting guys around you to buy in. Because at the end of the day, 11 men have to take the field at one time,” he said. 

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Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

White said that Brady has managed to get everyone on-board regarding one mission. Winning. No matter what it takes.

“So it’s not just Tom Brady. He’s got the guys around here from the O-linemen, running backs, receivers to buy in. Because the one thing you know, if you plan with a guy like Tom Brady, there’s only one expectation, and that’s winning,” White added.

White looking to establish himself as a mainstay

The linebacker said that he hopes to emulate some leadership qualities that Tom Brady exhibits in the locker room. “Tom Brady’s not going to be here forever. So when it’s my turn, everything is fully on me,” White said.

Still only 22, White signaled his intentions of being a mainstay in the Buccaneers defense for the years to come. “The thing is, right now we’re young on defense especially from me to the secondary.

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“The first seven, besides me, have kind of got a little bit of age on them. But I just got to get everybody to buy in that I’m still in my rookie contract and that I’m going to be in Tampa Bay for a couple more years.”

While halting the Packers on their tracks was no joke, the Buccaneers have another serious challenge lined up for them in the Super Bowl.

White sure can win some of the respect he wishes to gain by doing his best to stop the Kansas City Chiefs from winning their second consecutive Super Bowl.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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