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From the about flippin' time department: Lavonte David is going to the Pro Bowl.

The former Husker linebacker, who has been a star of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for four years now, finally will get his first chance to play in the NFL's postseason all-star game.

David had a career-best 147 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles in 2015. His number of tackles ranked third among linebackers in the NFL and he led everyone at his position with 13 pass breakups.

Still, David was just voted an alternate for the game until Sunday's results decided which Pro Bowl-selected players would be giving up their spots while preparing for the Super Bowl.

David will take the spot held by Denver Broncos' defensive end Demarcus Ware for the game scheduled at 7 p.m. next Sunday in Honolulu. It will air on ESPN.

The former Nebraska star seemingly just missed the Pro Bowl the past two years, not making it in 2013 despite being named a first-team All-Pro after piling up 145 tackles.

His teammate, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, gave a passionate take on David not initially being chosen to the Pro Bowl this year.

"I've got to speak up about something. I think it's terrible what's happening to Lavonte right now," McCoy told "He's easily the best at what he does. He's had a million tackles, three picks, one for a touchdown, forced fumbles, two sacks — I mean, he's been the most dominant at his position probably since 2013. It's got to stop. It's very unfair what's happening to him and seriously, if I could trade places with him, I would. He more than deserves to be in the Pro Bowl. I believe he will be an All-Pro. But what's happening to him is unfair."

It took a little waiting, but things worked out.

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