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Ronde Barber
No. 20     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: April 7, 1975 (1975-04-07) (age 34)
Place of birth: Roanoke, Virginia
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
College: Virginia
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66
Debuted in 1997 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
 As player:
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers(1997–present)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Tackles     1156
Sacks     25.0
Interceptions     37
Stats at NFL.com

Jamael Orondé "Rondé" Barber (pronounced /ˈrɒndeɪ/; born April 7, 1975 in Roanoke, Virginia) is an American football cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Buccaneers in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia.

Barber is the identical twin of former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber.

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Early years

Ronde Barber's elementary football team was The Eagles and he played number 5 as Cornerback[1] .Barber attended Cave Spring High School in Roanoke, Virginia, and was a standout in football, wrestling, and track. In football, he was a three time All-District selection. In track, he won the national title in the 55 meter hurdles as a senior.

Professional career

Widely considered still as one of the elite cornerbacks in the NFL, Barber was drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of the University of Virginia. His brother Tiki was also drafted the same year, but went a round earlier than Ronde to the New York Giants. In his first season with the Bucs, Barber was unable to force his way into the lineup and played little, making a rare appearance in one game in the 1997 season (he did earn the nickel back job in the playoffs). However, Barber had clearly made an impression on the then Bucs Head Coach Tony Dungy, and in his second season Barber started nine games, recording 81 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 interceptions. On November 25, 2007, he took the record from Donnie Abraham for the most interceptions in Buccaneers team history by catching his 32nd against the Washington Redskins. He is the longest-tenured member of the team.

Barber is most remembered at the time for returning the longest post-season interception in the 2002 NFC Championship game vs. Quarterback Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles. He and the Bucs won their Super Bowl XXXVII 48-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

On December 11, 2005, in a game against the Carolina Panthers, he became the first cornerback in the history of the NFL to record at least 20 interceptions and 20 sacks in his career. He became the ninth member of the 20/20 Club, joining linebackers Jack Ham, Donnie Edwards, Seth Joyner, Wilber Marshall, William Thomas and Ray Lewis and safeties Rodney Harrison, Brian Dawkins, and LeRoy Butler.

Ronde is currently #2 in the active NFL list for Defensive touchdowns (7 int for TD, 4 Fumbles for TD). There are two players ahead of him on the all-time list for career defensive TDs. The only active person ahead of him is current New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper (11 Ints for a TD, 2 Fumbles), who is currently tied with Hall of Famer Rod Woodson (12 Int, 1 Fumble).

He was voted onto the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team roster at the cornerback position. The full team was announced on January 31, 2010 during the pregame show for the 2010 Pro Bowl.

Personal life

He lives in Tampa with wife Claudia, daughters Yammile Rose and Justyce Rosina.

References

  1. ^ Barber, Tiki & Barber, Ronde (2009) Wild Card!, Simon & Schuster

NFL bio

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