Ronde Barber No. 4April 20th, 2014
Yes, it is fun to try to name the best players in Bucs history, and that is an ongoing task for one beat writer. Pat Yasinskas of ESPN has been running a top-five of all-time Bucs. Ronde Barber is ranked No. 4.
You could make an argument Barber was the best draft pick in franchise history. He wasn’t taken until the third round, but he blossomed into a player who was selected first-team All-Pro five times and was on the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s.
Barber’s biggest claim to fame might be the fact that he’s the only player in NFL history with at least 40 career interceptions and 20 career sacks. That alone puts Barber in the conversation for a spot in the Hall of Fame, although he might face a tougher time getting there than teammates Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp, who were selected the first time they appeared on the ballot.
Joe is torn. He is sitting here on a Saturday night (yeah, some nightlife Joe has, huh?) trying to decide if Barber should be in the top five in Bucs history.
While Joe truly believes Barber should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame some day, on Joe’s list, he is right on the edge. After further review, Joe would rank Barber higher than John Lynch, but barely.
The more Joe thinks about it, the more No. 4 seems about right.
The No. 1 play in Bucs history? Well, that very well could be Barber’s pick-six to seal the 2002 NFC title game.