Ronde Barber To RetireMay 8th, 2013
It appears that the greatest cornerback to wear a Bucs uniform is hanging up his jersey for good.
Per NFL insider Jay Glazer, a confidant of Ronde Barber, the long-time Bucs corner is done with playing football and will retire.
@JayGlazer: Just got off the phone w Ronde Barber who told me he is officially retiring. “I’ve had a better run than I ever could’ve dreamed of having.” … Ronde has been mulling his decision for a while. The last man standing of that great Bucs defense
And yes, Glazer nails it, in more than one way. The last link to one of the greatest defenses in NFL history is now hanging it up.
Joe assumes Barber didn’t want to play a lesser role in the Bucs’ defense. He would have been at best a backup safety and at worst a backup corner, who probably would have been asked to play special teams.
Now the next steps for Barber are the Bucs’ Ring of Honor and, eventually, the Pro Football Hall of Fame.