Ahmad Black Picked The Right Workout Buddy

September 12th, 2012

Those Gators are supposed to be pretty smart, and it seems Ahmad Black is perpetuating that perception.

Black has been glued to Ronde Barber for months, so Barber explained last night on Total Access on WDAE-AM 620.

“Every single workout I’ve done this offseason, I’ve done it with Ahmad Black,” Barber said. “So, you know, I’ve spent a bunch of time with him in these past couple of months. There’s a lot of things that I probably don’t even realize I’m doing that’s rubbing off on these [young players]. I hope that it is because that’s how it was for me. And whenever my mentoring days are over here, whenever that is, I hope some of what I’ve learned over my 15 years going 16 years in the league rubs off on them. And the position in general is better off, that’s how guys always presented it to me when I was young, that when they left part of them was still with me and it made me a better player. Hopefully it’s the same going forward with all the guys I’m working with now.”

Barber’s always been known as a mentor to his young mates in the Bucs secondary, but this interview and others done by Barber recently lead Joe to believe Barber has embraced the role more than ever before. This is such a good thing for Black, Mark Barron and others.

Below is the entire interview with Barber, who details his rehab from a severely broken arm and more. Barber also explains how Greg Schiano wanted to know if Barber could jump before he moved him to safety. Barber was a bit insulted and explained that he could dunk a basketball “if I could palm it.”

6 Responses to “Ahmad Black Picked The Right Workout Buddy”

  1. Meh Says:

    Ahmad Black is a smart player. He won’t survive in the NFL on his physical traits, but he has always been instinctive, smart, and a ballhawk. That’s how he can be an impact NFL player, and I’m sure he knows it. It doesn’t surprise me one bit that he is soaking up Ronde’s wisdom like a sponge.

  2. Ladyz Says:

    Are we to understand by what Ronde said “going16 years” that it’s this year and then it’s over?
    Any chance he can be a corner coach?

  3. Gus Says:

    That same workout buddy was named NFC defensive player of the week!

  4. Drew Says:

    Re-posting from a previous article only to stress a point.


    I sincerely had my doubts that no one could possibly be this naive and stupid. However, based on your continued comments I like others have turned the corner while coming to terms with the fact that you have the IQ of an Amoeba.

    Allow me to provide a definition of an Amoeba for you given your IQ. It’s a single cell organism without a functioning brain.

    As clueless as they come…

  5. Nick Says:

    that pic totally looks like a scene out of monsters inc.

  6. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Love the dunk comment, too funny! That’s what people who can’t jump high enough to dunk always say. I could never palm a basketball, but I could dunk in my younger years (even though I’m a little younger than Barber, and a little taller). I remember seeing Warrick Dunn dunk a basketball at the Y back in the day, even though he couldn’t palm it either.