TAMPA, Fl. (WFXR) — He spent 16 years with the Buccaneers and was recently inducted into Tampa Bay’s “Ring of Honor”.
Now Ronde Barber spends his days getting asked about another player who’s about to wear a Buccaneers jersey.
“I can’t do anything, whether it’s go to the store, go to golf clubs, pick up food without somebody asking me about it,” Barber said. “Like anybody, I have an opinion about it.”
Barber is referring to Tom Brady, who signed with Tampa Bay last week after spending 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, winning six Super Bowls.
“Like everybody’s opinion, I’m excited about it. Besides the fact that he’s one of the best if not the best quarterback in the history of the game, he brings a different type of, I don’t know, prevalence here back to Tampa,” Barber said. “The attention will fall squarely on this market again which I think is important as the play that he’ll bring on the football field. So it’s an exciting time, I don’t think anybody is upset with this move.”
Brady replaces Jameis Winston, who threw 30 touchdowns but also 30 interceptions last season. Barber thinks it was time for his old team to make a big move.
“Whether that’s a new guy, they still might go get somebody in the draft,” Barber said. “But they needed a veteran and what better veteran is there than Tom Brady if he’s available. And he wanted to be here. It should be a good marriage for a couple of years.”
The Cave Spring grad, now an analyst for the NFL on Fox, thinks the Bucs are now a contender.
“This doesn’t make them immediate Super Bowl favorites,” Barber said. “But you can’t not look at this team and say they are going to be a much better football team with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time taking the ball under center.”
A dose of optimism from a guy who spent his entire NFL career with the Buccaneers.