Ronde Barber became the first cornerback in NFL history to post 20 interceptions and 20 sacks when he recorded his 20th career sack at Carolina on Dec. 11, 2005. TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO
Published: May 8, 2013   |
Updated: May 9, 2013 at 07:02 AM
Memorable moments in Ronde Barber's 16 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
The biggest play of Barber's career – and perhaps the biggest in Buccaneers' franchise history – remains his 92-yard interception return for a touchdown in the 2003 NFC Championship game. It not only put an end to Tampa Bay's prolonged playoff failures in Philadelphia, but also sealed the 27-10 victory that propelled the Buccaneers to their only Super Bowl.
20th career sack
Barber became the first cornerback in NFL history to post 20 interceptions and 20 sacks when he recorded his 20th career sack at Carolina on Dec. 11, 2005. Though he had interceptions to spare – he notched the 28th of his career earlier in the same game – he finally got the record-setting sack by slinging Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme to the ground for a 13-yard loss in the fourth quarter of a 20-10 victory.
On Nov. 24, 2003, the Barber brothers – Ronde and Tiki – became the first twins to face each other under the bright spotlight of Monday Night Football. Cornerback Ronde and the Bucs prevailed against running back Tiki and the Giants, 19-13, at Raymond James Stadium.
Bucs interception record
Barber finally became Tampa Bay's all-time interceptions leader with his 32nd career interception, picking off Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell in the fourth quarter of a 19-13 victory on Nov. 25, 2007. Why finally? Barber, who entered the season tied with Donnie Abraham for the franchise lead, had two apparent interceptions overturned against Tennessee in October.
Touchdown double dip
Barber penchant for intercepting Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb peaked on Oct. 22, 2006, when he became the first player in Buccaneers history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same regular-season game. The first return covered 37 yards and the second 66 yards, marking the second and third times Barber intercepted McNabb for touchdowns.