Barber’s On-Field Role Factored In His Decision

May 9th, 2013

TCBarberBarronHammThe fight must have been gone from Ronde Barber.

Barber often said he played with a chip on his shoulder his entire career because of what he perceived as disrespect during the 1997 NFL draft. And Barber often said he always was fighting to prove himself because media, at times, questioned his ability during his later years. Plus, Barber said he felt as healthy as ever after the 2012 season.

So given the challenge posed to Barber by the Bucs for 2013, no set role in the New Schiano Order, it seems Barber was just not up for one last round in the ring. He elaborated for USA Today.

If Barber had been asked to return as a starter, it might’ve been enough to lure him back.

“Possibly. That would’ve made it a little bit harder of a decision, obviously,” Barber said. “But that wasn’t the case. They wanted me to play, I don’t doubt that at all. I had open lines of communication with Mark the past couple of years about continuing to play.

“At the end, it was me deciding I didn’t need football as much as I once did and it was time to venture into a new thing.”

The story also includes a reference to Barber’s new broadcasting career, but no details have been announced.

Joe would have loved to see Barber slug it out in training camp with Eric Wright. The ironman and icon versus the letdown corner on the rebound.

3 Responses to “Barber’s On-Field Role Factored In His Decision”

  1. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    We will all miss Ronde, but he will be fine,
    With that smile and personality, he will be great on TV.

  2. the_buc_realist Says:

    The Pop-star only promises jobs to his draft picks!

  3. PRBucFan Says:

    Lol can’t help but sneaking in good ole Wright.

    You woulda though he’s on his 3rd offense or something with the way you drag him through the JBF mud haha. To each his own.

    Barber doesn’t have the speed anymore to contend for a R or L CB spot. I love the guy to death but there’s a reason he went to safety.