TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — 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!”
Ronde Barber played cornerback for 15 seasons before moving to safety last year. He played his entire career with the Bucs and is the franchise leader in interceptions with 47. He also scored eight touchdowns and had 28 sacks in 241 games.
It’s the end of an era. Ronde Barber is retiring. The Whit-Man looks back at an illustrious career.
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