Ronde Barber Calls it Quits After 16 Years
Three-time All-Pro Ronde Barber is retiring after a 16-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that included a Super Bowl title and five Pro Bowl appearances.
The Bucs announced Wednesday night that the 38-year-old twin brother of former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber will not return to play on a defense overhauled since the end of last season. Tampa Bay acquired Darrelle Revis, Dashon Goldson and second-round draft pick Johnthan Banks for its secondary.
The retirement was first reported by Fox Sports.com, who quoted Barber as saying: "I've had a better run than I ever could've dreamed of having."
Tiki Barber, who retired from the Giants after the 2006 season, had a post on his Twitter account that read: "Congrats & happy for my twin, Ronde, who's hanging up the cleats!"
Barber was a third-round pick out of Virginia is 1997 and struggled early in his career, appearing in just one game as a rookie. He finished with a stretch of 215 consecutive starts, tied for the sixth-longest streak in NFL history.
Barber is the only player in NFL history with 40-plus interceptions and 25 or more sacks and returned eight picks for regular-season touchdowns.
However, his signature moment came in the 2003 NFC Championship Game when his 92-yard interception of Donovan McNabb that clinched the Buccaneers' 27-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Tampa Bay went on to beat the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Courtesy of Tampa, Fla (AP)