JWB and I have debated the intrinsic value of HOF Monitor Score. Yes, Barber is below the average for HOF DBs. But there are only two players that are currently eligible rated above him that aren't HOFers (Dave Grayson and Lester Hayes).I never really thought of him as a shut down corner or HOF type player. More Hall of the Very Good. I know this **** is all subjective. 3 All-Pros, 4 Pro Bowls in 16 years is not really anything special. 16 years so more of a compiler IMO (but I do think he deserves some credit for playing 16 years). Pro Football Reference had him below the average HOF PER score. Whatever, he's in now. Obviously not going to win any debate about it now. Congrats to him.Ronde Barber? Really? Over Patrick Willis? Over Dwight Freeney?
Barber is very deserving.
- 1st team All Pro 3 times and 2nd team All Pro 2 times
- Most consecutive starts at CB (200) and DB (215) in NFL history
- Only player in NFL history with 45+ interceptions and 25+ sacks
- #29 in career starts (232)
- #47 all time in interceptions (47)
- #3 all time in passes defended (197) -- tracked since 1999
- #25 all time in combined tackles (1251)
- #10 all time in solo tackles (1044)
- #70 all time in tackles for loss (88) -- at cornerback
- #4 all time in non-offensive TDs (14), behind only Hester, Deion, and Rod Woodson
- Very strong contributor in the 2002 postseason that culminated with TB winning the Super Bowl -- in 3 games, Barber had 11 combined tackles, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, 10 passes defended, and 2 interceptions, including an interception returned 92 yards for a TD
PFR HOF Monitor: 81.43 (30th among DB, average HOF DB is 98.02)
Meanwhile, Willis 5 All-Pros, 7 Pro-Bowls in 8 years, and PER score of 110 which is 8th for LBs
Ken Riley is the one I would question in terms of making it to the Hall. He's 32 spots further down the list in HOF Monitor score. I've followed football for 50 years (since OJ went for 2K yards). I barely remember Riley. The only game I remember of his was a playoff game late in his career where he had an INT but the Bengals got thumped by the Jets. Other than that, I don't remember much of him at all. Good for him that he made the Hall, but it almost seems like they went out of their way to vote him in.