Ageless Ronde Barber Keeps Shining

September 19th, 2010

ronde barber 0505eSo how about that old fart Ronde Barber? An NFL senior citizen, despite self-admittedly not having that last “gear” to run back interceptions, is playing like a young stud.

He has two interceptions through the first two games of the year. His interception in the first half — again — may have set the tone for the Bucs going up 2-0 to start the season, the first time that has happened since 2005 (Ssssshhhh! The Bucs won the South that season).

Barber, perhaps in his last NFL season (labor negotiations will play a big part in whether Barber returns), is hardly playing like he’s in his final NFL season. Guy is playing just as well as he ever did.

When speaking on the Bucs radio network, Ronde, as always, deflected criticism and instead talked about his team, all but admitting the younger Bucs and coach Raheem Morris have him feeling like a reborn NFL player.

Enjoy it Bucs fans. This may be his final season. Already it’s a memorable one for one of the greatest players in Bucs history.

24 Responses to “Ageless Ronde Barber Keeps Shining”

  1. Patrick Says:

    I knew Ronde would have a better season this year with the improvements and changes we made on the defense. Better D line and switching back to the Tampa 2 played a big role. It would be great if Barber made another Pro Bowl this year. I think he can.

    If Ronde keeps up the great play he has demonstrated so far, we need to bring him back next year. Yeah he may be old and all, but you always need to keep your good players around that help you win ball games. His leadership will always help too.

  2. Capt.Tim Says:

    We are honored everytime he walks on the field. God bless Ronde Barber!!

  3. goodfellajay Says:

    Hey haters! How dare the Bucs build through the draft! You gotta sign overpriced free agents to win football games!!

  4. slappy Says:

    Bucs won the division in 05

  5. JimBuc Says:

    If the Bucs were really building through the draft (rather than just being cheap) they would have cut Barber!

  6. Lakeland Bob Says:

    Where’s tomato can Eric?if If I recall correctly he had us 1 and 7 at mid season.Where’s all the Rah sucks crowd?Where”s Mushmouth or Javier or Tampa 2 or all the other haters?
    Talks cheap until you have to back it up and that’s when the lowlives hit the exits.

  7. Trguy12 Says:

    Exactly, Lakeland Bob
    Buccaneers 2….JoeBucsFan Shmoes 0

  8. Bucnjim Says:

    Lakeland bob,

    Unlike the others; Eric likes when the Bucs win! The other 3 stooges have already changed their screen names.

  9. Lakeland Bob Says:

    Bucnjim-you’re right,Eric is the cream of the crop and I know he’s a die hard Bucs fan.But that does not give him a free ride for the hatred he’s shown towards Raheem and the Bucs organization this off season.

  10. Really? Says:

    Joe, you need to admit you jumped the gun and made yourself look like a total ass with your article on Ronde last week. I can read just fine. Your tone in that article clearly implied you were seriously worried that Ronde had lost so much speed or conditioning that he was done. This article should include a big fat mea culpa about your Ronde article from last week. Just face it, you jumped the gun big time posting that article and now after a second big game in a row from Ronde you look like a dumbass. Don’t blog your opinions if you don’t want to be called out on things. Put that article from last week next to this one and you are clearly pulling a Hillary Clinton”I was against the war from the beginning” on this one.

  11. CyberDilemma Says:

    The article says the Bucs were a wild-card team in 2005. That is incorrect. They were division champions that year. They lost in the 1st round of the playoffs that year to a wild-card team.

  12. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    Really? – Sorry you don’t get it, but the post from last week is in the archives for all to read. Happy to be called out on any opinion. Don’t think you comprehended what the opinion was in that post. Can’t be responsible for your reading skills.

  13. Joe Says:


    So Ronde himself was lying when he said he can’t run like he used to? Said it himself for the thousands of Bucs fans willing to listen on the Bucs radio network.

    Or did you hold fingers to your ears?

  14. Joe Says:

    CyberDilemma: has Carolina winning the division and the Bucs hosting a wild card playoff game.

  15. TAC Says:

    Pretty sure you will never win against the “want all things fluffy” types Joe, with zero questions thrown out for discussion, ever. Clicking the ads double to keep this free, and damn near anymouse discussion area alive due to their loss back to the sky is so blue and pretty web sites.

  16. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    TAC – Appreciate you brother. Hope to shake your hand one day.

  17. Really? Says:

    Im not the only one who clearly saw you were implying Ronde was on his way to being washed up. Of course hes not as fast as he was when he first came in. Who is as they get older? Fact is you wrote a whole big “the sky is falling article” about Ronde based on one play that was a positive play for him. Stop impugning my ability to read. Im not the only one who called you a straight up dumbass for that article. I guess you were misconstrued in exactly the same way by multiple people.

  18. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    Sorry, Really? Here’s the link. You can read the original again.

    As Joe wrote after your first comment last week, you just didn’t get it. And Joe was not misconstrued by lots of people.

    And of course, Ronde is “on his way to being washed up.” That’s a no-brainer. Doesn’t mean he can’t play well. Doesn’t mean he’s not capable. Derrick Brooks was in the same boat after 2008. Joe was all in favor of bringing him back.

    You’re bringing your own anger into this. If you think Joe’s a dumbass, you’re more than welcome to stop reading.

  19. Really? Says:

    I will do exactly that. I just noticed Steve White won’t be posting here anymore so there is really no reason to frequent this website anymore. edited for mean speech

  20. TAC Says:

    That’s some funny stuff there, Really, Steve doesn’t pull any punches at all, so don’t get butthurt at his site, Really.

  21. FIRE GREG OLSON! Says:

    eric has some valid points.

  22. CyberDilemma Says:

    You may want to double check your references next time, Joe.

  23. Joe Says:


    Though your premise is correct, Wikipedia is hardly a source to loft up as reliable.

  24. CyberDilemma Says:

    I could have posted countless other sources but the Wiki links showed the playoff brackets and divisional seedings the best. I, unlike you, always check numerous sources before I go spouting off at the mouth or pen.