Tiki: Raheem Prolonged Ronde’s CareerFebruary 1st, 2013
One giant question of the Bucs’ offseason — and one that is sure to be decided this month — is whether Ronde Barber will return.
And who better to ask than Barber’s twin brother Tiki. The two are close and Tiki opened up on the subject to “Booger and Rich” on 98.7 FM yesterday.
Tiki explained that Ronde’s dedication to his body and luck avoiding injuries, aren’t the only factors in his football longevity.
“Coupled with a coach in Raheem Morris those last couple of years that was very friendly to him. He didn’t have hard training camps. He got to do what he needed to do, but he was still playing at a high level,” Tiki Barber said. “And then the move to safety with Schiano. It’s a different position playing safety and it’s a new challenge for him. And I think that challenge, that conversion to safety, was something he took real seriously. He had a pretty good year this year. And you know, he’s going to have to make that decision again. Do they want him? And does he want to keep doing it?”
Tiki went on to say that Ronde may not return. And, in what is troubling to Joe, it seems Ronde might be getting pushed in the retirement direction.
“I’ve been telling him for three years he needs to be done,” Tiki said.
If Joe had to wager, Joe would say Barber will return for the 2013 season. Schiano already had talked about wanting Barber on his footbal team, and Joe’s going by Barber’s track record. Plus, the Bucs have been off the field for more than a month and there’s still no announcement. Joe finds it hard to believe Barber, who left the season healthy, is still making up his mind.