The Buccaneers will apparently, once again reach back to their past this fall, and, a report Monday night said that one of the top defensive backs in team history is the next choice for their Ring of Honor.
ESPN Buccaneers reporter Jenna Laine was the first with the news that the greatest true cornerback in team history, Ronde Barber, will have his name join numerous other Buccaneer greats this fall:
No formal announcement has been made yet, but a source tells me that Ronde Barber will be the newest member of the Buccaneer Ring of Honor. Look for the team to announce something in the coming days. https://t.co/sd8bryCmP3
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) May 7, 2019
Barber was just recently a semi-finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the second time in a row. The former third round pick of the Tony Dungy led Buccaneers in 1997 spent his entire career in Tampa Bay. He set the franchise record with 241 games played and 232 games started with 47 career interceptions and 14 defensive touchdowns.
In terms of Hall of Fame consideration and league history, Barber is the only player to ever have at least 45 interceptions and at least 25 sacks.
He has served for the last several years, as the Bucs preseason television analyst (shown above talking to Bucs GM Jason Licht) and then, a regular season game analyst for Fox’s NFL weekly coverage.
Barber will be joining some of his iconic teammates in the Ring of Honor including Hall of Famers: Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, plus, his fellow mate in the secondary John Lynch. Lynch, now the GM of the 49ers, has been a Hall of Fame finalists for the last several years, himself.
Speaking of Dungy, he was the Bucs choice for Ring of Honor induction a year ago for Tampa Bay’s Monday night game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dungy led the resurrection of the Buccaneers from one of the worst franchises in all of pro sports, which had 13 consecutive losing seasons before he arrived in 1996. Then, in just his second season, Dungy led the Buccaneers to a 10 – 6 record and into the playoffs, where they defeated the Detroit Lions in a wild-card game.
That turnaround was due in large part to the defense led by Sapp, Brooks, Lynch and Barber.
As Laine reported, the team has not yet made anything official, including in what game Barber will be honored at halftime in this season.
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