Every other week, courtesy of Vicks, we'll take a look at the injury side of things, whether that be examining players dealing with or coming back from injury, an overall look at the teams injury report, or focus on a player who has fought through injury. Really, this one is a no-brainer.
Although BritFar gets a lions' share of the attention with his 200,000-game consecutive starting streak at QB (or something close to that), Ronde Barber has done yeoman's work on the field for the Buccaneers for an awfully impressive number of consecutive games. Against Arizona, Ronde played in his 200th consecutive game for the Bucs against the Arizona Cardinals. Ironically, that came 199 games after Ronde played in his first game on September 28, 1997 against the Cardinals (my lord....I was in college...yeesh), where he gave up two long TD passes to Rob Moore. Fans sighed in knee-jerkish concern.
However, over the next several years, Ronde Barber won over fans and helped the Buccaneers overcome years of mediocrity and develop into a perennial playoff team and Super Bowl contender. And the most impressive thing? He did it every single week, every single year. He's started every game going back to November 1999, a streak of 174 consecutive starts to date- 3rd on the active list behind BritFar and Peyton Manning. He left, and continues to leave, it all on the field and has been there the next week to pick it back up and wow us again.
Without question, Ronde Barber has powered through not just the good times and the bad, but the nagging injuries and pain that plague NFL players on a weekly basis. I can't imagine how difficult that is to do, especially for a defensive player that's involved in heavy contact plays so many times each game. The heart and toughness you've showed is as impressive as it is rare and we're blessed you've been a Buccaneer, Ronde.