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Bucs great Ronde Barber made an appearance at Bucs training camp and for the first time in 17 years, wasn't wearing a uniform. Barber talked to the media about the team and his new job as a TV commentator.
Newly retired Bucs great Ronde Barber couldn’t stand being away from training camp for more than one day.
No Tampa Bay’s franchise leader in several defensive categories hasn’t changed his mind on retirement, but instead was viewing camp as part of the media as he begins the latest chapter in the Barber novel becomining the color commentator for Bucs preseason games on News Channel 8 this August.
Barber, who played cornerback for 15 years and safety in his final season, was excited about watching Tampa Bay’s training camp from the sideline for the first time.
“Camp is great to watch,” Barber said. “It’s hot, but it’s good to watch. It looks the same as it did last year. They’re sweating; you can tell he’s getting the work out of them. It’s orderly, as you can expect from coach Schiano. I’m enjoying being on this side of the fence.”
After 16 years in the league, Barber knew it was time to retire and still knows he made the right decision.
“I don’t [miss playing football],” Barber said. “I’m good being at home. I’m good following it from afar.”
Barber will be following in the footsteps of many former Bucs players and coaches, including former safety John Lynch and former head coach Jon Gruden, who is a commentator for Monday Night Football.
“I imagine [I will prepare] like I did during my career,” Barber said. “It’s really all I know. I’m fortunate to have a lot of guys that have been in this business that I’ve played with or against. They have encouraged me to prepare like I would playing in games.”
Barber will already have plenty of knowledge about Tampa Bay’s roster as he played with many of the same players last year. But he will have to be critical of his former teammates as much as praise them.
“I don’t think I’ll have any problem being [critical],” Barber said. “We live in a very subjective world where everybody has opinions so I don’t know why mine would be any different.”
Barber wasted know time making it clear what the most important thing for the defense will be going into the 2013 season.
“I’ve played with a lot of guys over the years and I was fortunate enough to play with a defense where it really did start up front,” Barber said. “16 years in the league I’ve never seen a great defense that didn’t have it up front so it’s got to be those guys. I don’t think they feel [pressure], they know what their jobs are. They know what the expectation levels will be. They’ve got a great leader up there in Gerald [McCoy], he’s proven, he’s been to the pro bowl.”
Barber will be busy over the next couple of weeks, but he will find the time to be in Canton when his former teammate Warren Sapp is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“It’s going to be really awesome,” Barber said. “I’ve got a busy couple of weeks getting ready for what I’m doing next, but there’s no way I was missing out on going to Canton. I’m excited. I’ve played with a lot of great players and he is at the top of the list of the deserving guys to be there and I’m glad to share it with him.”
Barber will be a commentator for the Buccaneer’s first preseason game on August 8th against the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
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