At his retirement press conference on Thursday, future Hall of Famer Ronde Barber admitted that he only recently got a better grip on some of the amazing career numbers he posted during 16 years in the NFL. That is, he knew he had played more games than the vast majority of players, for instance, but he didn’t know the exact number was 243, et cetera.
Most of those numbers have been part of the public discussion for years now. As he racked up the interceptions and sacks through the years, he frequently became members in new clubs, until the point where he became the only man in the 40-interception/25-sack club. Listing all of his accomplishments takes a while, but finding a new angle on Ronde’s numbers isn’t easy to do anymore.
That said, the Captain’s Blog has a new one for you, and it speaks to Barber’s incredible durability and career longevity.
During the first 37 seasons in franchise history (1976-2012), a total of 906 men have played in a regular-season or postseason game for the team (players on the roster who did not play in a game were not counted). Of those 906, Barber has appeared in a game with 372 of them. That means that 41.1% of all the players in franchise history at some point shared the field with Ronde Barber. Cool.
And now, for posterity, the rest of the numbers that, in five years, will make Barber a very attractive Hall of Fame candidate:
0…Number of other players in NFL history with 25+ sacks and 40+ interceptions.
1…Super Bowl Championship.
2…Rank in NFL history in tackles by a defensive back.
3…Single-game career-high interception total, recorded twice, at New Orleans on December 4, 2005 and
against New Orleans on December 23, 2001.
5…Pro Bowl and Associated Press All-Pro selections.
6…Seasons with at least 100 tackles.
9…Number of NFC Defensive Player of the Week awards, including postseason, tied for the most in NFL
10…Interceptions made by Barber in 2001, setting a team record, and tying for the most in a single season
in the NFL since 1981.
11…Number of defensive units for which Barber started that finished in the top 10 in the NFL’s rankings.
12…Career touchdowns on fumble/interception returns, tied for the third most in NFL history.
14…Single-game career-high tackle total, vs. Green Bay on November 16, 2003.
15…Career touchdowns, including postseason.
16…Number of seasons played by Barber, all with the Buccaneers, the third-longest tenure with a single team in NFL history.
28…Number of career sacks, the second-most by a defensive back in NFL history (Rodney Harrison-30.5).
47…Number of career interceptions, the most in franchise history.
65…Players selected ahead of Barber in the 1997 NFL Draft.
92…Length, in yards, Barber returned his interception in the 2002 NFC Championship, sealing the win for
the Buccaneers and sending the team on to Super Bowl XXXVII.
120…Single-season career high in tackles, recorded in 2002.
160…Single-season career high in interception return yards, set in 2012.
215…Consecutive starts, from Week 10 against Atlanta in 1999 (11/21/99) to Week 17 at Atlanta in 2012
(12/30/12), the most ever by a defensive back, and tied for the sixth-longest streak in NFL history.
232…Career starts, the most in team history.
240…Consecutive games played, the most in franchise history, and tied for the second-longest streak by a defensive player in the NFL since 1970.
241…Career games played, the most in team history.
242…Career passes defensed, the most in team history.
923…Number of career interception yards, 16th in NFL history.