Buccaneers: Ronde Barber not being in the Hall of Fame is criminal

Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ronde Barber(Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ronde Barber(Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images) /

Buccaneers great Ronde Barber belongs in the Hall of Fame.

For Buccaneers fans, especially in recent seasons, the weeks surrounding Hall of Fame induction are especially difficult. Yes, the Bucs have some all-time greats in the exclusive club for the best NFL players of all time, but the absence of Ronde Barber stings.

After several years of waiting, there are officially no more excuses for keeping Barber out. As the best Buccaneer corner of all time, Barber may seem like a lock to us without much thought, but the rest of the league shouldn’t have to think this hard either.

Ronde Barber checks every major box in the criteria for making the Hall of Fame. Super Bowl champion? Check. Longevity? How does 47 interceptions over 16 seasons sound? Barber was also a multiple-time All-Pro selection which only adds to this already impressive list.

To make the argument even more air-tight, Barber is also the only player in league history with more than 45 interceptions and 25 sacks. The 25 sacks as a corner alone should speak volumes to how much Barber did on the field and changed the game, and it only makes the decision to leave the Buccaneer star out of the prestigious group even more confusing.

Barber was a leader on and off the field in Tampa. There is no player in franchise history more deserving of this honor right now than the best corner it has ever seen. Even Barber’s teammates know it is a travesty that he isn’t in the Hall yet.

John Lynch, during one of the most important moments of his professional career, took the time to make it very clear that he believes Barber belongs with him in the Hall of Fame.

The vote of confidence from one close friend and teammate may not be enough to tip the balance yet, but Barber is going to make it in. The question is entirely based around when the voters make the right decision, and there is no better decision than putting Ronde Barber in the Hall of Fame as soon as possible.

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