Originally written on Gridiron Grit  |  Last updated 11/18/14

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 02: Ronde Barber #20 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms-up against the Kansas City Chiefs during their NFL game on November 2, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Buccaneers won 30 to 27 in overtime. (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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 from the game he loves Thursday afternoon, and the Bucs gave the Super Bowl XXXVII champion the stage at his terms after 16 seasons in Tampa Bay. “Rondé is synonymous with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, establishing himself as one of our franchise’s iconic players over a 16-year, Hall of Fame-worthy career,” said Buccaneers’ co-chairman Joel Glazer. “When anyone thinks of Rondé, they think of a true professional and leader. He approached every day the same, giving everything he had to make himself and his teammates the best they could be. We will miss him.” Photo Credit: Buccaneers.com Miss Barber? Not hardly. Thanks to B
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