TAMPA — Ronde Barber’s career stats with the Bucs stand well on their own, but his place in team history will be remembered most by the play that now stands the biggest in Bucs history, an interception return in Philadelphia that shook past playoff demons while sending Tampa Bay to its only Super Bowl.
And this season, Barber ― a cornerback who was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro ― will join other members of the Bucs’ vaunted Super Bowl XXXVII defense in the team’s Ring of Honor.
Barber will be inducted into the Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony at the Bucs’ Sept. 22 home game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Barber, who currently serves as a Fox TV analyst, will be part of that game’s Fox broadcast team.
He will become the Bucs’ 13th individual to be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor and will join Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and John Lynch as members of the Bucs’ Super Bowl-winning defense to receive the honor.
Barber is the only NFL player to record 25 or more sacks and 40 or more interceptions. His 28 career sacks are the second-most by a defensive back. He is the franchise’s all-time interceptions leader with 47, returning eight for touchdowns.
His biggest interception came in the 2002 NFC Championship game, when he picked off Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb with a 92-yard touchdown return that sealed a Super Bowl-clinching victory and ended the Bucs’ string of playoff failures to the Eagles. Tampa Bay was eliminated by the Eagles the previous two postseasons.
“Rondé Barber personified greatness on and off the field during his 16 seasons as a Buccaneer and we look forward to honoring his remarkable career this upcoming season," Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a team release statement. "His achievements are as impressive as they are long, but Rondé's most defining qualities were his ultra-competitive nature, his passion for this game, and his love of the Tampa Bay community.”
Barber has been a Hall of Fame semifinalist for the past three years.
A career-long Buc, Barber was a team captain for nine straight seasons from 2004-12. He was named the team’s Man of the Year nominee in 2006 and was the Ed Block Courage Award winner in 2011.
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