Rondé Barber Named A Hall Of Fame Finalist

December 30th, 2021

It’s official. Rondé Barber will once again be debated for entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The iconic Bucs cornerback is back “in the room” for the second time. Barber was named among the 15 finalists for the 2022 class today. It’s likely that five of those 15 will receive enough votes to get in.

Tampa Bay’s lone Hall of Fame selector, columnist Ira Kaufman, rolled up his sleeves on this year’s presentation months ago and is leaving no stone unturned.

Superstar Packers safety LeRoy Butler from the 1990s is Barber’s main competition among defensive backs.

Old school Bucs fans know Barber is worthy of enshrinement. He defined the nickel cornerback position, and he’s also got great numbers and longevity.

Barber recently talked on CBS Sports Radio about how his game improved drastically when Mike Tomlin arrived in Tampa as his position coach in 2001. Barber said Tomlin’s focus on basic fundamentals fine tuned his game and led to him leading the NFL with 10 interceptions in the ’01 season.

Yes, Barber also was a lockdown corner in his day before he made a big name for himself inside. He rushed the passer like no other cornerback, and he played the run like a beast. He even shined on special teams.

The 2022 finalist field is strong, but not as rough as it’s been in years past. This could/should be Barber’s year.

33 Responses to “Rondé Barber Named A Hall Of Fame Finalist”

  1. Buczilla Says:

    He’ll yes! Lots of good news on joebucs today. Ronde should have already been in over lesser players (waves at Brian Dawkins, Ty Law, Alan Faneca, Champ Bailey,and many others), but we already know how our players must go above and beyond lesser players in order to get the recognition that they deserve. Ronde’s skill set was unique in NFL history and his unique stats back that fact up. He was clutch in huge moments as well and should have been a first ballot guy. Good luck Ira.

  2. Elita Vita Says:

    Fantastic! Love the guy! Now Ira you need to be overwhelming convincing and he’ll be in!!!

  3. RONDAE HOF 2022 Says:


  4. RONDAE HOF 2022 Says:

    retire #20 and #40
    i wish warrick dunn got a ring with us
    super deserving
    website is based off Mr #28

  5. Allen Lofton Says:

    Whatever Ira said to get John Lynch into the HOF needs to be over the top to convince the HOF voters to put Rhonde in the HOF

  6. Marine for life Says:

    Mike alstott, Jimmie Giles Simon Rice ??

  7. Tackleblockwin Says:

    He deserves to be in the Hall! Let’s go Ira, get it done 👍

  8. kyle Says:

    good luck ronde! all time bucs great!!

  9. Cleanhouse Says:

    Agreed Marine 4 life-

    Mike Alstott should be in the hall- it’s a shame he is treated as a true halfback

  10. Cleanhouse Says:

    Nobody quite like the A train

  11. DoooshLaRue Says:

    He is very deserving of a Gold Jacket.
    What a great player.

  12. Miller5252 Says:

    I never understood why people out there would say he’s not a HOF player. Maybe from Eagles fans, but everyone else should see his stats and know he should be in the Hall. Best of luck Rondé, I hope you make er in because you’ve earned it!!

  13. Mikadeemas Says:

    His run blitzes were deadly. GO RONDE, and GO BUCS!!

  14. Smashsquatch Says:

    Watched Ronde get toasted by Germane Crowell of the Lions in 1998. Nice way to christen the new stadium. He was lousy, and I said as much at the top of my lungs from the lower level. He definitely benefited from good coaching and a strong supporting cast; although his consistent development throughout his entire career was impressive to say the least. I’m on the fence with this one, but then again I think too many gold jackets have been sewn already. That’s an entirely different conversation. Tbd….

  15. Swampbuc Says:

    Go get ‘em Sage!

  16. DaBux Says:

    Good. Well deserved and I hope he gets in.

  17. orlbucfan Says:

    Man, does he deserve it!! Long overdue.

  18. SB Says:

    Ronde I hope you read this. You DESERVE it!
    I pray you get it!

  19. SB~LV Says:

    It will be a happy day!

  20. unbelievable Says:

    Hell yeah he deserves it!

    LOL @ anyone who says otherwise.

    No other cornerback in the history of the game has numbers like him.

    ✅Super Bowl Champion
    ✅5x Pro Bowl
    ✅3x All-Pro, 1st-team (plus x2 All-Pro, 2nd-team)
    ✅2000s All-decade Team, Defense
    ✅Still the ONLY PLAYER in NFL HISTORY with 45+ INTs and 25+ Sacks (47 INTs, 28 sacks)
    ✅Longest consecutive game-streak by a cornerback in NFL history (200)
    ✅Longest consecutive game-streak by a defensive back in NFL history (224)
    ✅All around good human being

    Get him in, Ira!

  21. PanhandleBuc Says:

    This should be his year with the competition that remains on defense! Personally, I think he was more deserving than Lynch!

  22. Jersey buc Says:

    Simeon rice not being in the conversation is absurd to me.

  23. Bojim Says:

    Fingers crossed.

  24. Bird Says:


    Good stuff! He is 1 of 1 with that important stat for dbs

    Tampa is getting some love now that the GOAT has made this franchise a franchise and actually getting attention . So its possible

    Go bucs!

  25. Jeffbuc Says:

    And to think in the late 90s. My bucs game buddies called him burnde. He struggled his first couple of years and then turned it into a hall of fame career. The philly nfc championship play is all anyone needs to see to get him in.

  26. David Says:

    I think this is the year Ronde gets in and he totally deserves it.

    Jersey Buc- Absolutely. No one has more Sacks that hasn’t gotten in.

    I love A-train as much as the next guy but for those saying he’s a Hall of Famer, no, he is not.
    If Gruden knew how to utilize him and actually had him touch the ball more than 5 times a game he could have been.

  27. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Jersey buc Says:
    December 30th, 2021 at 8:05 pm
    Simeon rice not being in the conversation is absurd to me.

    It is way past time for Big Sim. HOF hands down.
    It just shows that there is not a level playing field concerning getting a Yellow Jacket.
    In the end Simeon Rice’s play on the field speaks for itself and it screams HOF.

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  28. sasquatch Says:

    Alstott and Giles in the HOF? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    I loved Alstott, but there’s no way he had a career warranting the HOF. If he had stayed healthier, played a little longer and been utilized by Gruden, then maybe he would’ve.

    Giles isn’t even in the conversation. He was a very good player for us, but not even close to a HOFer.

    Simeon Rice is super borderline… I could see it, but don’t see it happening.

    Ronde totally deserves it.

  29. Bird Says:


    No doubt. Alstott was a beast running over guys. I miss the Atrain whistle at games. But no way in hell a HOF
    Not even close

    Giles. Nah

  30. Buc1987 Says:

    Our hero!

    The dagger pick 6 at Philly in the NFC Champ game.

    Forever etched in Bucs fans minds until death.

  31. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Simeon Rice has 122 sacks, it is not even close.

    Consistent double digit sacks year after year.

    He should have been in the HOF years ago.

    Just like they dissed John Lynch for years and John finally got in.

    Hope Ronde can win the political contest and get in now.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  32. Dyno-White ! # 45 Says:

    Looking years ahead, LVD is in the top 5 Bucs career defender category and maybe has as good a career as any linebacker in the NFL. In his dominant peak years, the Bucs weren’t worth TV. Now he is on TV but a bit shadowed as we’ve acquired all this young talent. Nobody knew him when Luke Keuikly was getting all the National love despite LVD superior stats. Brady called LVD one of the best ever, but he’s a long shot for the HOF. It’s hard to even think about Rice, Alstott, or Giles.

  33. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    RONDAE if you were such a fan and loved him so much you would care about spelling the man’s name correctly. You are such a buffoon with that and all your yelling on line you do as if it’s making your point better. CHANGE YOUR NAME AND SPELL HIS NAME CORRECTLY MORON! How’s that for yelling? Give the man the respect he earned fool.

    Ronde is what a true football player is about. He wasn’t the fastest or quickest but his football iq and instincts are top notch. He had great coaching and ran with it. Too bad that players with no heart like Peon Sanders got in because voters are enamored with shiny things. Lunch pail players who define the game and make it fun for fans are not shiny.

    Simeon Rice deserves to be in but for some odd reason(maybe his Pat Tillman comments) have him black balled. In America you have freedom of speech but better watch what you say.