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September 28, 2011 @ 10:16 am
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Barber Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

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Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his performance in the Bucs' 16-13 win over the Falcons. Barber had four tackles, one tackle for loss, three passes defensed, an interception and a fumble recovery against Atlanta.

For the ninth time in his Buccaneers career, including the postseason, cornerback Ronde Barber was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording four tackles, one tackle for loss, one fumble recovery, one interception and three passes defensed, in a 16-13 win over the NFC South rival Atlanta Falcons. The interception marked the 41st of Barber's career and ranks as the most in team history. He is the only player in NFL history to record 40 or more interceptions and 25 or more sacks in a career. Barber also made his 186th consecutive start, which is the longest active consecutive start streak in the NFL.

Barber has the most Player of the Week awards in team history, as this marks the 35th time and the first since Week 8 in 2010 (CB Aqib Talib) that a Buccaneer has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

“It’s not the first time, but I’m glad it was with the win,” Barber said. “It was a great effort by the team and I had some standout plays in there but I am always humbled with these type of awards. It’s nice to be recognized by the naysayers sometimes.”

On Atlanta’s opening drive, Barber recovered a loose ball at the Atlanta 17-yard after Dekoda Watson’s sack of quarterback Matt Ryan forced a fumble. Later in the first quarter, Barber sniffed out a reverse to rookie Julio Jones and dropped the receiver for a nine-yard loss on first down.

Barber finished off a potential Atlanta scoring drive right before halftime by catching a deflected ball intended for Roddy White on a pass breakup by E.J. Biggers for his first interception of the season. Barber did a solid job against tight end Tony Gonzalez in coverage, holding the veteran to just eight yards on one catch. Gonzalez’s other catch, a 10-yard touchdown, came against zone coverage in the fourth quarter.

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    Time after time Ronde always seems to make a splash play including the greatest in Bucs history. Each time I tell my son, "It's always Ronde!"
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    Outstanding....Ronde is a great BUC. I thought he played a great game and really has played great in all three games. He is one of the all time great BUCS and my personal favorite. GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Well deserved recognition for Rhonde, and a nice article too. Rhonde is certainly an all time great Buc. From his first year with one active game and whispers of the b-word to what looks like a certain Hall of Fame career. Amazing. Solid citizen in the community, very consistent high level performer on the field, roll model teammate, and thoughtful interviewee. What more could a Buc fan ask?
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    Congrads Ronde! I don't know what this team would do without you. Please keep up the good work!
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    Congrats Old timer... looking to me like he's playing for another contract.
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    Awesome! The energizer bunny keeps on going.
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    Wow...what a stud. Still performing well after all of these years...while his evil twin sulks in obscurity. If he isn't careful...he may pass Brooks and Selmon R.I.P. As the greatest Buc of all time
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