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Is Ronde Barber a Hall of Fame Player?

With the lull of news these days, there’s plenty of ‘what ifs’ to talk about, and in this latest edition over at Buc Em’ there’s some chatter about if Ronde Barber belongs in the Hall of Fame. What do you think?

As I check around the blogosphere for any positive NFL news a question kept arising about one of our most beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Ronde Barber. The conversations surround whether or not he is a Hall of Famer.

When sportswriters talk about future HOF players for the Bucs the names of Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks are almost always started off with “future Hall of Famer.” Not once have I read or heard that about Barber. Before I chime in with my take, let’s see what some of the sportswriters have to say about this.

Pat Kirwin, who was a former Tampa Bay Buccaneer area scout and now writes for CNNSI believes that Barber will come up short on the balloting. Kirwin states that Barber has made five Pro Bowls in his 13-year career, in which he has 37 interceptions, 104 passes defended and 11 forced fumbles. Kirwin believes that it’s been a fine career for Barber, but it might not be enough.

Kirwin, however, does not mention Barber’s 25 sacks, which is a huge accomplishment for a cornerback. On the flip side, Kirwin mentions Charles Woodson as being “close” to the Hall of Fame with 11.5 sacks. The difference of Woodson being “close” and Barber being “distant” is Woodson’s Defensive Player of the Year award which would give him a slight edge over Barber.

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