Over the last 16 seasons, Ronde Barber has proven to be one of the most dangerous defensive players in the NFL. Now, it looks like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star is ready to call it a career as the 2013 season is set to get under way in just a few months.
Just got off the phone w Ronde Barber who told me he is officially retiring. “I’ve had a better run than I ever could’ve dreamed of having.”
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) May 8, 2013
At first, it seemed like there was a chance Barber would return for his 17th season with the Buccaneers as the 38-year-old was contemplating whether or not he would be able to handle another year at his age, but it appears Barber believes this was the perfect time to call it a career. Not many players are fortunate enough to spend their entire career with one team, but Barber was lucky enough to spend all of his 16 years in Tampa Bay and even managed to win a Super Bowl in 2003–so there’s no question he’s managed to have a successful career in the NFL.
As for the Buccaneers, it will be interesting to see how the defense looks in 2013 now that Barber will be out of the lineup. On paper, this team certainly has what it takes to be a contender in the NFC, but making the adjustment to playing without one of their top leaders on defense in Barber certainly won’t be easy and there’s no question he will be missed every Sunday.
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