We don’t know how many years Ronde Barber has left in his illustrious NFL career, but we do know one thing: the man can collect Pro Bowl votes like kids do candy on Halloween. There are just two weeks remaining for fan voting for the 2012 Pro Bowl and Buccaneers free safety Ronde Barber is still leading all NFC free safety’s in votes.
Fan voting concludes on December 17th, so there’s plenty of time for Bucs fans to get their votes in.
Barber’s not the only Buccaneers player up for a Pro Bowl selection. While Josh Freeman would be considered a homer vote this year, running back Doug Martin has put together the finest rookie season of any Buccaneers running back in franchise history, and he ranks considerably high in many rushing categories including leading all backs in touchdowns scored this year.
A serious case can also be made for Vincent Jackson, who ranks third in the NFC in yards per catch with 20.4, and is currently the seventh best wide out in the NFL in terms of total receiving yards with 1,145 so far this season.
It’s obvious that in future years we will see plenty of Buccaneers players appearing in the Pro Bowl (if it even lasts that long), but we’re used to defensive stars getting the nod from teams out of Tampa. For the first time in a long time, the most stout candidates for Pro Bowl selections are on the offensive side of the ball.
And for that alone, Bucs fans should be very excited.