Found May 11, 2013 on Total Sports Blog:
  Follow @D_Schmelzer on Twitter After 16 season in the NFL, all with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ronde Barber has decided to hang up his cleats and call it a career. When I heard the news the other day, the first question I asked myself, as I usually do when players retire, is Barber a Hall of Famer? Initially I thought it was close but I leaned towards him not getting in. Mostly it had to do with him never really standing out. Yea, we all know he was a solid defensive back for many years, but he never seemed to do anything noteworthy. He played for many years as part of a great defense and while he was definitely a reason they were great, maybe the guys around him made him seem better than he really was? So I looked up his career stats and they were much better than I anticipated. I knew he had a good amount of sacks coming off the edge on the corner blitz, but I did not realize he had sacked the quarterback 28 times in his career. That just seems like an impossible number for a de...

Buccaneers Let Ronde Barber Walk Away From NFL On Own Terms

Walking away from the NFL on a player’s own terms doesn’t happen often.  Due to free agency and the salary cap structure of today’s NFL, it’s nearly impossible for a player to earn the loyalty of an organization and garner the respect of a franchise to allow an employee to make the ultimate decision, instead of giving them an optimum. Ronde Barber officially walked away...

Bucs will miss Ronde Barber, but it's time to move on

TAMPA, Fla. For about a month, Ronde Barber knew this moment would come, the long list of thank-yous with a cracked voice after a 16-year career in red and pewter that could send him to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The defensive backs goodbye to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday was the official cut from a former era, a time of John Lynch and Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp...

Ronde Barber Retires: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Great Deserves Hall Of Fame Honors

Ronde Barber deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame, says Scott Kacsmar, who examines the exclusive club of Canton cornerbacks, the value of sacks and the unwritten law of interceptions.

Best Pass Defense Ever: Ronde Barber And The 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ronde Barber and the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers rode arguably the greatest pass defense in NFL history to the franchise's only Super Bowl victory.

Mike Williams contract talks to resume Monday

It was previously reported that the Buccaneers would be looking at resuming contract talks with wide receiver Mike Williams after the draft. Latest report from Tampa Tribune’s Roy Cummings (as shown below) states the Bucs will begin contract talks with Williams’ agent on Monday. The Bucs and the agent for WR Mike Williams will begin a new round of contract talks in Tampa on...

Ronde Barber: What His Retirement Really Means

After 16 seasons, Ronde Barber is hanging up his cleats.The man who played in 240 consecutive regular-season games, tied with Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher for the longest active streak, told USA Today that the decision was an easy one when he found out he would be playing in a backup role instead of starting for the team he played a crucial part in helping to win...

Ex-NFL Jerramy Stevens Probation Terminated Can Smoke Weed Again

Free at last, free at last Jerramy Stevens better thank somebody he is free at last. Former NFL player Jerramy Stevens is officially off of probation and currently has no legal problems in his rear view mirror. A day after saying “I do” and marrying U.S soccer goaltender Hope Sole, Stevens found himself once again behind bars back in October for domestic abuse. Those charges...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Should Not Sign Mike Williams To Extension

Mike Williams had his best season in 2012 with 996 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns over 63 receptions and, in his three years career, he has 2,731 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns over 193 receptions. These are good numbers and Williams has proven to be a stable, young, and healthy receiver who puts up solid numbers as a number 2 receiver. The issue is that Williams is expected...

Tiki Barber Asks Ronde Barber Why No One Likes Him

If Tiki Barber really wants to know the answer to this question, his twin brother is not the person he should be asking. But alas, that’s who the former New York Giants running back turned to — as brother Ronde Barber was announcing his retirement from the NFL, no less. Tiki Barber hosted Ronde Barber on his CBS Sports Radio show Thursday to talk about Ronde’s retirement, and...

Ronde Barber’s retirement spurs discussion of Hall of Fame cred

Ronde Barber announced this week that he would join a collection of high profile group of his contemporaries in retiring from the NFL. The highly-decorated cornerback, who became the first player ever to achieve at least 40 interceptions and 25 sacks during his career, spent all 16 of his seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Barber joins Ray Lewis, Steve Hutchinson, Matt Birk,...

Tiki to Ronde: Why do people hate me and like you?

By now you heard that Ronde Barber retired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after 15 wonderful seasons, which included 3 All-Pro years, along with 5 trips to the Pro Bowl, to go along with his 47 interceptions, 8 of them returned for touchdowns. His twin brother Tiki, who had a pretty decent NFL career, managed to land the first interview on his CBS radio show, and in Tiki-like fashion...
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