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Ronde Barber Retires After 16 NFL Seasons

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(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Since the end of his 16th season in the NFL last December, veteran Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Ronde Barber has faced the same question from the media and from Bucs fans.

“Are you coming back in 2013?”

They, and the rest of the NFL, got their answer today.

Ronde Barber is retiring.

CBS Sports is reporting that Barber, 38, is calling it quits after spending all 16 seasons of his pro career as a member of the Bucs. Picked #66 overall out of Virginia in the 1997 NFL Draft, Barber played in only one game his rookie season, but played all 16 games at cornerback in his sophomore campaign, when he began compiling the stats that will certainly earn him entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame once he becomes eligible: 47 career interceptions, 28 sacks, 13 forced fumbles, 12 touchdowns, and 215 consecutive starts, a record for NFL cornerbacks. Barber was also selected to five Pro Bowls, five All-Pro teams, and was named to the NFL’s 2000′s All-Decade team.

Until today, Barber represented the last active player link link the current Buccaneers squad had to the team that won the franchise’s one and only Super Bowl, Super Bowl XXXVII, in January, 2003.

Two Bucs’ greats, linebacker Derrick Brooks and safety John Lynch joined Booger and Rich to talk about the retirement of their former teammate. Click here to listen to Lynch’s remarks, and click here to listen to Brooks’.

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