Buccaneers Great, Ronde Barber Retires after 16 seasons.
via USA TODAY
After 16 NFL seasons, five Pro Bowl selections, a Super Bowl title and 47 career interceptions, Ronde Barber has decided to call it a career.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback-turned-safety will retire Wednesday, a person informed of Barber’s decision told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Barber hasn’t made a formal announcement yet.
Barber told FoxSports.com he’s made a final decision.
CAREER STATS: 15 consecutive years without missing a game
"I’ve had a better run than I ever could’ve dreamed of having,” Barber said
It’s an end to what many believe will wind up being a Hall of Fame career that began when he was drafted in the third round in 1997 — one round later than his brother Tiki, who was selected by the New York Giants. Tiki Barber retired in 2006 with an eye toward a broadcasting career he’s trying to resurrect as a radio talk show host after a failed attempt to return to the NFL last year.
Ronde, 38, is walking away despite the Bucs’ being open to his return in 2013. The team signed safety Dashon Goldson as a free agent and acquired cornerback Darrelle Revis in a trade with the New York Jets.
Barber officially made the move from corner to safety before last season and had four interceptions, including one he returned 78 yards for a touchdown in a blowout victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Barber’s most famous interception return for a touchdown, though, was his 92-yarder to seal the NFC championship victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in January 2003. The Bucs went on to beat the Oakland Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII.
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