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Ex-Buc Barber joins Fox Sports

Ronde Barber says his TV work will make him feel like a rookie again.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times (2012)

Ronde Barber says his TV work will make him feel like a rookie again.

TAMPA — Ronde Barber played 16 seasons in the NFL but says he feels like a rookie again.

The former Bucs cornerback, who retired last month, said Friday he will begin his broadcasting career by joining Fox Sports.

Barber, 38, said the specifics of his role will be known shortly but it's a given he will be involved in the network's NFL coverage and he likely will have duties on the new Fox Sports 1 network, set to launch in August.

"It's been good working this out with Fox," Barber said in a text message. "The guys there have been great. … It will be a learning opportunity for sure, but I look forward to this new challenge. I'm definitely excited.

"I'm back to being a rookie!"

There has been speculation Barber might team with play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton for games on Fox in the fall. Stockton has been the partner of former Bucs and Broncos safety John Lynch.

Barber left little doubt at his retirement announcement he would seek a career in broadcasting. He had met with Fox and the NFL Network each offseason for the past three years.

Barber joins a long list of broadcasters with ties to Tampa Bay. It also includes Warren Sapp (NFLN); Tony Dungy (NBC); Jon Gruden, Keyshawn Johnson, Steve Young, Trent Dilfer and Herm Edwards (ESPN), and Shaun King (NBC).

Barber appeared in more games (241) and made more starts (232) than any player in Bucs history, ending his career with 215 consecutive starts, the longest active streak in the league. Barber racked up 1,428 tackles, second to linebacker Derrick Brooks in team history, and had a club-record 47 interceptions, including eight returned for touchdowns. He also had 28 sacks.

Ex-Buc Barber joins Fox Sports 05/31/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 31, 2013 11:10pm]
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