CANTON, OH (WFXR) – Saturday Roanoke native Ronde Barber was the 23rd cornerback in the history of the NFL to be enshrined at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The former Cave Spring high school football star spent 16 seasons with Tampa Bay.
Barber was a part of the Buccaneers team who Super Bowl XXXVII, and he’s the only play with more than 40 interceptions, 28 sacks, and 14 touchdowns in his NFL career.
“I’m here because I refused to just be a guy. Ordinary was not an option,” said Barber during his enshrinement speech on Saturday.
Barber is the 4th member from Tampa Bay to receive a gold jacket. He joined former teammates Warren Sapp, John Lynch, and Derrick Brooks in Canton. Barber was drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He also credited his twin brother Tiki for the success he found on the field.