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Barber on NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors: "It never gets old"



Tampa Bay Buccaneers veteran Ronde Barber has been here before, earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors 10 times throughout his career.

But that doesn't take any luster off Wednesday's announcement that Barber won it again, thanks to racking up five tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and interception in the season-opening 16-10 win over the Panthers. The fact it occurred on Barber's 200th consecutive start, and first game at safety, wasn't lost on the 16-year-veteran.

"It never gets old," Barber, 37. said, smiling. "If you're going to do it, try to prove some people wrong, might as well do it in Week 1. I got some favorable bounces, got a hustle sack and a tipped pick. Everything else, I was doing my job. To be recognized for it, it's a great deal. It happened on a pretty special day for me. But it is what it is, I've done it nine times before, so it's par for the course I guess."


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