Thursday, December 15, 2005

Ronde Barber has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Ronde Barber a ninth year veteran and a 3rd round pick in the 1997 draft for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has accomplished something that no other corner back in the NFL has ever done. Barber recorded 20 sacks and 20 interceptions over the course of a career, and he is not finished yet. He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his game against the Carolina Panther were he recorded eight tackles, one sack and an interception.
Barber should have won the NFC Defensive Player of the Week last week for his 3 interceptions, but it was stolen away from him. Barber a two time Pro Bowler, has sparked an interesting topic on the Tampa Bay Buccaneer Radio Network. Should Ronde make it into the Hall of Fame? Any true fan would say yes, but it seems that he may not have done enough yet in his career even to be considered. If you ask me, I think he should be in the Hall of Fame, along with Derrick Brooks and I say even Mike Alstott, who has no chance of ever getting his name brought up by the sports writers.

What do you think about Ronde’s chances as a Future Hall of Famer?

You can also watch Ronde's interview this week with the NFL Network at


Ski said...

just wondering, why do you think alstott should be in the hall of fame?

Cutthroat Pirates said...

Well Ski, if have been a bucs fan as long as I have there is really no need to answer that question. Alstott by any means is the buccaneer fan favorite of all time. However, he has the stats to go with it. Mike Alstott remains one of the most recognizable members of the Super Bowl Champion Bucs. Regardless of where he lines up, fullback or tailback, Alstott has been among the most productive backs in Buccaneer history, ranking second in career rushing yards and first in career touchdowns and rushing touchdowns. he not only helped lead Tampa Bay to a Super Bowl Championship but was named to the Pro Bowl for a sixth consecutive year - the most appearances by an offensive player in club history.

He has rushing as of 2004: attempts 1,265, yards 4,837, Avg 3.8, Longest 47, total TD's 49.
receiving as of 2004: attempts 259,receiving 1,977, Avg 7.6, longest 44, Total TD. 12

If you pay attention in the local bay area news. Specially on the Bucs radio network: This has been a hot topic about which bucs will get into the hall of fame. Our local sport writer, Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune is the only person who nominates the buc players to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 39-man Selection Committee. He said that the key to selection is: postion, total yards, total td, Probowl apperance, Super Bowls, and player himself.

Lets see Mike has the Superbowl, 6 probowls, TD's in the NFL. Steve Duemig said during his show that he spoke with Ira Kaufman and Mike needs two more probowls. So the new secret is that Mike is not going to retire after this year like we all thought. There is even more rumors that he will be playing for a new team next year ummmmmm the FALCONS. Remember Rich Mckay. Remember Thunder-and-Lightning. If this happens we the Bucs are in trouble. Of course he would go into the Hall of fame as a Buc. If he goes?

Sorry not trying to be an ass, He is just one of my all time favorites and Gruden used him wrong.

Ski said...

I'm with yeah as far as rooting for Alstott, cutthroat. Outside of a few guys (Alstott, Brooks, Ronde, Dave Moore, etc.) on the team, I'm basically rooting for laundry. But those guys who actually embrace the community they play in (as Alstott does), I will root for them long after they leave the Bucs (i.e. Lynch and Sapp).

Just to play devil's advocate, Alstott was voted to all those Pro Bowls as a fullback when he was in reality a runningback. At no point in his career did Mike crack the top ten list of rushing leaders for a season. In fact, he never even broke a thousand yards in a season.

Alstott has impressive numbers, and he deserves a spot in the Buc's Hall of Fame (not that such a spot would be difficult to get). But when you compare his stats to other runningbacks, Alstott's not even close. Eddie George, Corey Dillon, Marshall Faulk, Jerome Bettis, and Curtis Martin all deserve spots over Alstott.

Mark doesn't need more Pro Bowls (he's got enough of those) he needs about 4,000 more yards to have a shot at getting into Canton.