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Buccaneers to honor Ronde Barber's starts streak in season opener



The Bucs are giving fans more reasons to turn out for the team’s season opener, announcing today plans to honor veteran Ronde Barber, who will make his 200th consecutive start in the game.

The Bucs open Sept. 9 against the Carolina Panthers and will offer free parking, half-priced concessions (excluding alcohol) and offer fans a giveaway – a Ronde Barber gym sack.

“As we usher in a new Buccaneer era that kicks off in September, we are looking forward to celebrating Ronde Barber's 200th consecutive start,” co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement. “Ronde has made us all proud during his 15 seasons with the team, and this next milestone is yet another along the road that we expect will lead to Canton. Our fans have a lot to look forward to this season, and we hope this promotion helps give everyone the chance to both celebrate a Bucs great and join the fight.”

The Bucs will open up sales of single-game tickets for the game on Friday, while remaining single-game tickets won’t be available for several more weeks. Only season tickets are currently available.

Barber, 37, moves to free safety this season after 14 seasons at cornerback. His 43 interceptions and 27 sacks in his career make him the only player in NFL history to have 40 or more interceptions and 25 or more sacks.

Barber’s current streak of 199 consecutive starts is the longest among active NFL players.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 12:04pm]


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