Barber Says Adrian Clayborn Is Greg Spires

October 31st, 2012

Pressed to pinpoint who on the Bucs reminds him of members of the glory-days Buccaneers teams, Ronde Barber pulled three names out his pocket last night on the Buccaneers Radio Network on WDAE-AM 620.

The most direct comparison, Barber said, is Adrian Clayborn and Greg Spires.

“They are the exact same player. Just like, workman, do all the grimy hard work,” Barber said of the Clayborn-Spires similarities.

Barber also evoked No. 55.

“I look at Lavonte David and I see a young Derrick Brooks, not necessarily how he plays, but just like his instincts and just his knack for football,” Barber said. “That was one thing Derrick really had, just kind of a knack for the game. Lavonte’s absolutely shown that in the first part of his career. “

And while Barber said Mark Barron and John Lynch are completely different players, the sounds they bring to the field are similar.

“I haven’t heard pads pop like that, (laughs) you know, since four-seven left,” Barber said.

The comparisons are not fair, but they’re still fun to hear and consider. And coming from Barber, they’re very credible. Greg Spires was a fierce pass-rusher but, of course, the Bucs are hoping to get more from Clayborn than they did from Spires.

7 Responses to “Barber Says Adrian Clayborn Is Greg Spires”

  1. JonBuc Says:

    Spires was a HUGE factor in Super Bowl 37 as he pushed Lincoln Kennedy around like a shopping cart and drilled Gannon a time or two…like the comparison(s).

  2. Buc Fan #237 Says:

    -Davin Joeseph (IR)
    -Clayborne (IR)
    -Nicks (IR)
    -Talib (suspended as usual)
    -Wright (pending)

    Equals: “Top 10 draft pick in 2013”

  3. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    Too bad Clowney from S Carolina is not available. That dude would require the NFL to give him an exemption from the numbering system, that guy needs an S on his jersey.

    After he saw what happened to Marcus Latimore first hand, that guy is probably itching to get paid.

    Actually, the draft has all kinds of great talent in the top ten, including 2 QB’s.
    I like a LB out of Georgia, Jones.

  4. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    I wonder if Clowney would be good for attendance, imagine 10,000 people in the stands in Clown makeup wearing his “S” jersey.

    An Insane Clown Posse!

    Two people in my family (33%) have an irrational fear of clowns and would stay far away from CITS Stadium.

  5. Sneedy16 Says:

    Honestly, I’m not worrying about the draft until the last game of the season is played. Top ten prediction makes no sense in the middle of the season. There are 5 winnable games on the schedule with (Chargers, Raiders, Panthers, Eagles, Rams). The teams that I am worried about is a healthy Falcons twice, pass happy Broncos, and healthy Saints fighting for a playoff spot.

  6. Jonny 3.3 Says:

    I don’t think the Spires – Clayborn comparison will sit well with the casual fan.

  7. Red86 Says:

    Like the comparisons. I just feel for some reason that Barron can be a better version of Lynch. Though Lynch is my Third favorite safeties of all time Behind Ronnie Lott and Rod Woodson. Barron seem like a very smart football player. Too often due game I see him and Barber hanging out talking. Just love seeing that he’s trying to absorb as much knowledge from the HOFer and one of the best playmeker of my brief lifetime.

    Even though Nick is down I don’t think we would be that bad to be a top 10 draft pick. Though I wouldn’t be mad if that happen. We could use one more good draft @ Lb, CBs, S, DL and OL. As much as I hate Notre Dame (weak conference and always over hype based on what happened decades ago in the past.) I like that LB Te’o. Also the safety Reid from LSU.