“I want to thank everyone who helped me become a better player,” Barber told Bears' official website. “I owe a lot to a lot of coaches, and am also very grateful to the owners and organizations I played for. Last but not least, I want to thank the fans for the support and inspiration they gave me.”
Barber was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2005, where he spent six of his seven seasons in the NFL. He had his best performance in 2007 when he carried 204 times for 975 yards and scored 10 touchdowns.