Following a 16 year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ronde Barber is an easy NFL hall of fame candidate according to former teammate Mike Alstott. Alstott telling 620 WDAE’s Ron and Ian show that after 10 years sharing the same uniform as Barber, he fully expects Canton, OH to be giving Barber a call to the hall.
“No question, easy” said the six-time pro bowl Buccaneers fullback. “Ronde was like that player coach for so many years recently for a young Buccaneers team.”
Alstott says he was “honored” to play with Barber and knew immediately from the time he began playing with Barber that he would be a great player in the NFL.
“Ronde just kept his mouth shut and just worked hard everyday. He absorbed the knowledge from a lot of the older guys in how to do it (play the game)” Alstott said.
“His mindset for so many years was I need to be out there with my team. That’s his character that he brought to the team. He knew we were going to count on Ronde Barber, and that was going to give us a chance to win” said Alstott.
Ronde Barber announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday night after 16 seasons in Tampa Bay. Barber He played in 241 games with 232 starts for Tampa Bay - both club records - while also recording a streak of 215 consecutive starts, tied for sixth-longest in NFL history. His 200 consecutive starts at cornerback is the most for that position in league history, and his 240 consecutive games played ranks second among defensive players since 1970.
Barber racked up 1,428 tackles - second in franchise history, behind only linebacker Derrick Brooks - 28.0 sacks, 47 interceptions, eight interception return touchdowns, 243 passes defensed, 15 forced fumbles, 11 fumble recoveries, and six additional touchdowns on fumble returns and blocked/deflected punts. He also played in 10 playoff games with nine starts, recording 50 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, one interception return touchdown, 11 passes defensed and one fumble recovery.