Rhonde Barber, With His Career Stats And Acomplishment's Is He A HOF'er?

Terrance WilliamsContributor IJuly 21, 2009

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 10:  Cornerback Rhonde Barber #20 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers plays defense against the New England Patriots during a preseason game at Raymond James Stadium on August 10, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. The Bucs won 13 - 10. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)


              Analytical cornerback who has been one of the NFL???s premier playmakers over the past decade from his right corner position or in slot of nickel defense where he is apt to lineup. Often considered the best slot corner in NFL history. One of Tampa Bay???s best tacklers and toughest defender. Cemented his reputation as one of the NFL???s finest all-around cornerbacks by earning his fifth career Pro Bowl selection in 2008. Started in every game at right cornerback as a key defensive playmaker for the Super Bowl XXXVII champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since joining Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers defense has finished ranked in the Top 10 in the NFL in total defense in 11 of his 12 seasons and in the Top 5 on eight occasions. Named to his fifth career All-Pro Team in 2006. Also earned first-team honors in 2001, 2004 and 2005 and second-team honors in 2002. Was named NFL Alumni Defensive Back of the Year in 2001. Became first cornerback in NFL history and just seventh player all-time to record 20 career interceptions and 20 career sacks when he posted the 20th sack of his career at Carolina. His 23 career sacks are most by a cornerback in NFL history and second among all active NFL defensive backs. He's scored 12 regular season touchdowns in his career, to lead all defensive players in team history. His 11 career defensive touchdowns during the regular season are the most in team history. His 11 career touchdowns on fumble/interception returns ranks first in the NFL among all active players and third all-time. One of three players in club history to score on a fumble return and an interception return in same season in 2000 and 2007. Has scored three different ways in his career, just the second player in team history to do so. Became first player in team history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in same game during regular season when he twice picked off Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb. Posted a career-high 10 interceptions in 2001, which tied him for first in NFL and also marked a Buccaneers single-season record. Became the Buccaneers all-time career interception leader in 2007 by intercepting his 32nd career pass vs. Washington. Surpassed the 100-tackle plateau for four consecutive seasons and five times overall. His career-high 120 tackles in 2005 surpassed his own team single-season record for most tackles by a cornerback. Only cornerback in team history to record four consecutive 100-tackle seasons. His 1,065 tackles are most by a cornerback in team history and rank second overall in team annals. Has recorded a statistic in every defensive category five times in his career. His 177 career games played fourth in team history, and his 168 career starts rank third in team annals. Ranks second to Brooks among active Buccaneers in consecutive games played and consecutive games started. His 151 consecutive starts are most in the NFL among active cornerbacks and fifth among all active players. Career totals include: 1,065 tackles, 37 interceptions, 23 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries and 198 passes defensed. Has added 46 career special teams stops as well as one blocked punt. Has appeared in 10 postseason contests with nine starts, recording 50 tackles, two interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble and 11 passes defensed. Has also posted one touchdown and two special teams tackles in his postseason career. His 10 postseason contests rank tied for second in team history. Posted one of the most memorable and dominating defensive performances in NFC Championship Game history, forcing a fumble, posting one sack and sealing the win at Philadelphia with a 92-yard interception return for a touchdown.