This morning on CBS Sports Radio’s The Morning Show with Tiki Barber and Dana Jacobson, Tiki Barber scored a tough-to-get interview… with his twin brother.
“I love how Tiki asks me questions like he doesn’t know me,” Ronde said, laughing.
Tiki Barber asked his brother how he felt knowing that for the first time in a quarter century, he wouldn’t be playing football, instead he’d be a commentator on television.
“It’s kind of what I’ve been gearing to do for the last couple of years for whatever reason. For many reasons, football was going to end – whether I got old, or they didn’t want me anymore, or I didn’t want it anymore. So I kind of had this in mind and ended up at the place I wanted to be. I can’t tell you how anxious I am at times and how excited I am at other times. But I’m looking forward to it.”
Ronde spent his entire 16-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so the conversation inevitably shifted to the expectations he has for his former team this season.
“I liked the team last year,” Ronde said. “I thought we had a chance at one point last year to make a run, and Josh Freeman looked like the best quarterback in the league. And then we followed that up with a pretty miserable losing streak – I think six games before we beat Atlanta.”
Actually, it was five games and the Bucs finished 7-9 and in a three-way tie for second with Carolina and New Orleans in the NFC South.
How far will the Pewter Pirates go this season?