According to the website, Barber has the 12th-best odds (6/1) to make the final list of six (usually) players. If you’re great at math like I am, that means Barber will miss the cut by six spots, leaving him nowhere near 2022’s finish line.
Things can obviously change between now and next year, but when you’re behind names like DeMarcus Ware, Devin Hester, Tony Boselli, Richard Seymour, Zach Thomas, LeRoy Butler, and others, it’s easy to see why Barber could be left out of the picture again.
But that’s only in terms of odds. Not resumés. No matter what your opinion of Barber may be, it’s nearly impossible to ignore his resumé. And it’s nearly impossible to argue that it’s not Hall Of Fame-worthy:
- Super Bowl XXXVII champion
- The only player in NFL History to have 45+ interceptions and 25+ sacks throughout their career
- Three first-team All-Pro selections
- Five Pro Bowl selections
- Member of the All-2000s team
- NFL record for most consecutive starts by a defensive back and/or cornerback
- The Interception Crown in 2001
And let’s not forget how he basically redefined the slot corner position. Or his off-field accomplishments. Everywhere you look, Barber is associated with greatness.
John Lynch told his former teammate that his time is “coming soon” during the 2021 Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. Hopefully that holds true and Barber’s bust is up there with the rest. Because he certainly deserves it.
But if anyone can overcome any type of odds, it’s Barber. And it will be no surprise if he does just that in 2022.