June 7, 2023

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Kyle Riddle’s Rundown: Remembering Ronde

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If you were a Bucs fan between 1997 and 2012, then you remember the name Ronde Barber. The Bucs drafted Barber out of Virginia in the third round of the ’97 Draft, and the rest is history. Throughout his career, he established himself as one of the greatest DBs to play the game and is the only player in NFL history with 45+ INTs and 25+ sacks.

Barber racked up many accolades as a player and ended up with a career line of 1,231 tackles, 197 PD, 47 INTS, 28 sacks, 15 FF, 5 Pro Bowl nominations, 3 All-Pro nominations, and 2 Second-Team All-Pro nominations.

Now, that’s quite a career, but there is one play that Barber will always be remembered for.

It was the 2003 NFC Championship game against the Eagles in Philly. Late in the fourth quarter, as QB Donovan McNabb was starting to initiate a scoring drive, Barber intercepted a McNabb pass and took it 92-yards to the house cementing a 27-10 victory. Some have called it the greatest scoring play in Buccaneers history, and I remember watching it happen. That’s my favorite Ronde Barber memory what’s yours?