Barber Poised To Set, Break NFL Mark

October 7th, 2010

Joe’s not a stats geek at all, but some numbers tell quite a story.

Ronde Barber is poised to tie a league mark on Sunday that has stood for decades, so claims 

And, if healthy, Barber will break the record at home in two weeks against the Saints.

With his 171st consecutive start Sunday, 14-year CB Ronde Barber will tie Hall of Famer Dick LaBeau for the most consecutive starts by an NFL cornerback.

Of course, Barber is a true Bucs icon, but Joe didn’t know he was closing in on this record held by a legend of the game. LaBeau didn’t play in the 16-game era, but that takes absolutely nothing away from Barber’s accomplishment.

Joe is impressed. Hopefully, the Bucs will honor Barber for breaking the record during the Bucs-Saints game on Oct. 17.

Not to take away from this loving moment, but Joe has to wonder if reaching this milestone had anything to do with Raheem Morris deciding not to move Barber to free safety when Tanard Jackson was suspended.

Morris did talk about how strongly he was considering the move with Barber.

12 Responses to “Barber Poised To Set, Break NFL Mark”

  1. Colby Says:

    I think if anything, the fact that Barber plays in the 16 game era makes it even more commendable. A full 16 game season takes a tole on your body!

  2. RED MAN Says:


    Not to take anything away from this piece, but can you please post another well written article (if you’re not already in the process) and blast Ward for saying this:

  3. AriToldMeTo Says:

    @ Redman


    ‘The Texans, on the other hand, are “a team that actually wants to block for their running backs, actually wants to win and doesn’t set their goals to a [lower] standard,” Ward said, via Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger.’

  4. Danny Cap Says:

    Barber might not be a HOF when it’s all said and done, even though I believe he should be, but this stat just goes to show how good of a player he has been. As Derrick Brooks revolutionized the weakside LB postion in the T2, so did Barber as a corner in the T2.

    Bucs Icon and Legend

  5. AriToldMeTo Says:

    ‘Ward believes the notion he needed a second chance was fostered by the Buccaneers’ front office, which he blamed for spreading word he was overweight and unfocused.’


    “I feel like I went straight from New York to Houston,” he said.

  6. RED MAN Says:

    I can’t say I disagree with his comment regarding going “straight from NY to Houston” as he practically contributed nothing to our team. He got paid millions for those pathetic stats and he’s a punk for trying to knock our team/organization. I can’t wait to remind him of these comments when he’s taking my order at the drive-thru in 2 years.

  7. Steve from Oregon Says:

    That is a great point regarding Ronde…..Raheem and Ronde are close, I could see Raheem doing that allowing im to break that record….Im a little conflicted on this one, since Ive never seen him play safety, don’t know what we are/might be missing.

  8. bucfanjeff Says:

    Joe, Barber can “start” at corner and then move to safety and still accomplish the record.

  9. McBuc Says:

    T^rue, start at Corner for the first few plays then move to Safety.

    I wonder what Ward will say after other teams hold him to less than 80 yards? What a cry baby. These comments show exactly why the Bucs wanted to get rid of him.

  10. Capt.Tim Says:

    It has truly been an honor having Ronde Barber on this team. He is such a classy and intelligent player and person. I am glad Raheem is leaving Barber at CB to get the record! Ronde deserves it, and class act by Raheem to let him get it! Then we may seeRonde at Safety- where I think he could play 3 more years, and absolutely dominate! Congrats Ronde- a true Buccaneer Legend!!

  11. BigMacAttack Says:

    I like Ronde and hope this becomes his best year yet. So far so good. Keep up the good work and beat those sorry Bengals. Why would anyone want to live in Cincinnatti? or Cleveland? Enemal insertion point.

  12. Pete Dutcher Says:

    LaBeau didn’t play in the 16-game era, but that takes absolutely nothing away from Barber’s accomplishment.

    I don’t see how that would even begin to lessen Barbers accomplishment anyway. It’s “consecutive” starts. Even if LaBbeau played a shorter season, if anything it means LaBeau’s accomplishment is lessened, because Barber did it with a large toll on his body on an annual basis.