Sunday, December 29, 2013

Swashbuckler Sunday: 2013 Topps Ronde Barber

When the final game is played in any given sport, I often wonder which players have played their last game for their team. Other than when a player announces that the current season will be his final season, all we can do is speculate. As the Bucs play their final game today, I'm again left wondering, "who won't return next season?"

Although Ronde Barber announced his retirement in May of 2013, Topps decided to go ahead and put him in their base product. It wasn't a given that the sixteen-year NFL vet would retire following the 2012 season, but knowing that he wouldn't have a starting role with Tampa, there was no way Ronde was going to return to be a backup.

Final Game
December 30, 2012 at Atlanta
Ronde registered four tackles against the Falcons in his final NFL game. Barber finished his pro career by starting all sixteen games for the thirteenth consecutive season.

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