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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...