Ronde Barber to Retire Today, Teammates React
After 16 spectacular seasons all spent playing for one team, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback-turned-safety Ronde Barber is calling it a career. He'll formally announce his retirement today in a 2:00 press conference at One Buc Place.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer broke the news on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, saying that Barber had been "mulling the decision for a while."
The Buccaneers confirmed Glazer's report Wednesday evening with Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer issuing the following statement:
"Ronde is synonymous with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, establishing himself as one of our franchise's iconic players over a 16-year, Hall of Fame-worthy career. When anyone thinks of Ronde, they think of a true professional and leader. He approached every day the same, giving everything he had to make himself and his teammates the best they could be. We will miss him."
Many of Barber's current and former teammates and players from around the league took to Twitter to offer their congratulations.
Bucs safety Ahmad Black: "20, you had an AMAZING career..hope to be half the player you were..you will be missed in Tampa Bay!"
Former Bucs quarterback Shaun King: "Congrats on a great career to the homie ronde barber! #bucnation"
Former Bucs wide receiver Joey Galloway: "Congrats #Ronde on a terrific 16 yr career with the @TBBuccaneers. It was an honor to work with you. #RealPro"
Bucs defensive end Da'Quan Bowers: "Shout out to unc aka Ronde Barber for an amazing career and sharing his wisdom for the past 2 seasons with us young Bucs"
Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn: "Damn it was a pleasure playing with the goat! #20" (That means 'greatest of all time')
Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis: "Congrats to Ronde Barber for having a unbelievable career as a Cornerback & later on in his career as a Safety. He set an example not only as a leader but also as being a Pro. I use to look up him as a kid & I think by watching him helped me as a Cornerback in this league. You will be missed brother!!!"
Bucs wide receiver Kevin Ogletree: "I would've loved to play a season with Ronde Barber. From a Wahoo to another, Congrats & Good luck!!! #HOF"
Former Bucs defensive tackle Frank Okam: "It was an honor to strap it up with one of the all-time greats! A leader and and Pro's pro. Ronde Barber #RB20 Enjoy Retirement"
Former Bucs defensive end Roy Miller: "Thought Ronde had 3 years left in him! He is the definition of a pro on/off the field a legend at corner was an honor to play you G.O.A.T. !"
Former Bucs tight end Kellen Winslow Jr: "Mad Respect for Ronde! True professional."
Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings: "Congrats to Ronde Barber on his decision to retire from the league. He was an amazing competitor & consummate professional! All the Best!"
Saints safety Roman Harper: "One of the best hung up the cleats today. Shoutout to Ronde Barber on a Hall of Fame career."