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Ronde Barber top NFC free safety in Pro Bowl balloting

Free safety Ronde Barber is having a strong season in his first year at a new position, and it's not going unnoticed.

The NFL on Wednesday provided the status of fan Pro Bowl balloting, and Barber has received the most ballots among NFC free safeties. Barber has played in five previous Pro Bowls, his most recent after the 2008 season.

The Pro Bowl rosters are chosen based on voting from fans, coaches and players. Players and coaches vote in December and rosters will be revealed on Dec. 26.

Barber, 37, leads the Bucs in interceptions with three, including one returned 78 yards for a touchdown. He also has registered 50 tackles, fourth most on the roster. Barber, in his 16th season, played cornerback in each of his previous 15 seasons.

Fan balloting continues through Dec. 17 at

Posted by Stephen Holder at 5:37:00 pm on November 14, 2012