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Monday, June 27, 2011
Call It: Barber or Sharper for HOF?

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

At least for the moment, the NFC South is the home of two defensive backs who have a shot at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Those are New Orleans’ Darren Sharper and Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber. We don’t know exactly what Sharper’s future holds since he’s not under contract for 2011 and can become an unrestricted free agent whenever the league year opens.

Sharper has played for the Packers, Vikings and Saints while putting up some numbers that at least make him a candidate for the Hall of Fame. Barber has played his entire career in Tampa Bay and also has put up big numbers.

Sharper is a safety, while Barber is a cornerback. Those are two different positions, but Hall of Fame voters often group safeties and cornerbacks together. I’ll do the same thing this week when I take a look at Sharper and Barber and their Hall of Fame chances.

But, in the short term, let’s hear your thoughts. Take a look at the Call It poll to the right and cast your vote for whichever defensive back you think has a better shot at the Hall of Fame.