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Bucs legend Ronde Barber retires

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06:06 PM ET 05.08 | The last time the Tampa Bay Buccaneers started a season without Ronde Barber on their roster was 1996. That offseason the team drafted Barber and he would go on to be a stalwart on their defense until today, when the future Hall of Fame cornerback finally called it career and retired. Barber is without a doubt one of the best Buccaneers players to ever grace the organization with his presence. Coming in for the 1997 season, Barber bought right into the Tony Dungy system in Tampa and it's something he held onto until the day he retired. He lived through four different head coaches and won a Super Bowl, but Barber was so much more valuable to Tampa. Above anything else, above the sacks and interception totals Barber posted in his career, he was reliable. Since Nov. 21, 1999, Barber has not missed a single game for the Buccaneers, which means he has the most consecutive starts by a defensive back in NFL history. That right there shows you what kind of guy Barber was, as nothing could keep him away from his teammates and nothing could stop him from performing at the highest level he thought possible.

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Ronde Barber, AP Photo/Bob Leverone Ronde Barber, AP Photo/Bob Leverone
May 9, 2013  12:46 AM ET

Enjoy the rest of your life and be thankful you left the field in good and and in good grace, unlike Tiki.

May 9, 2013  09:18 AM ET

Us Bucs fans will miss you Ronde. Possibly the best open field tackler I have ever seen ... and that includes Derrick Brooks.

 
May 9, 2013  10:20 AM ET

"That right there shows you what kind of guy Barber was, as nothing could keep him away from his teammates and nothing could stop him from performing at the highest level he thought possible."

His brother, on the other hand, is a miserable SOB.

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