After knowing only one organization during his entire 16-year career in the National Football League, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' cornerback and safety Ronde Barber has announced he is retiring. The decision to retire was a bittersweet one for Barber, as it appears the Buccaneers front office may have had quite a bit to do with his final decision. The team signed free agent Dashon Goldson during the offseason to play free safety, where Barber moved to last season after the previous 15 as one of the elite cornerbacks in all of football.


Barber's career highlight moment, was his 92-yard interception return that helped seal Tampa Bay's only NFC Championship over the Philadelphia Eagles in 2003. The Buccaneers went on to defeat the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVIII. Barber's identical twin brother Tiki, a former running back for the New York Giants.


During his career, the sure-fire Hall-of-Fame selection was selected to five Pro Bowls, made more consecutive starts at cornerback than any other player in NFL history, and was a key cog in the defensive dominating teams the Buccaneers fielded at the turn of the century. Barber was selected as a member of the NFL's All Decade team for the 2000s.