Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber and kicker Matt Bryant have moved on from last Sunday’s thrilling game vs. Philadelphia and have their minds set on their next opponent – the New York Giants.
But that’s not stopping the National Football League from recognizing both players’ record-setting performances.
On Wednesday, Barber and Bryant were named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week and NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively.
By returning two interceptions for touchdowns, Barber tied an NFL record that is held is now held by 23 players and was last captured in a regular season game in 2002 by Houston defensive back Aaron Glenn. Of course, former Bucs DB Dwight Smith accomplished the same feat by intercepting Rich Gannon twice and returning both picks for touchdowns in Super Bowl XXXVII.
In addition to notching his ninth and 10th career touchdowns, Barber recorded his 29th and 30th career interceptions and is now just one pick away from tying the Bucs franchise record for career interceptions, which is held by Donnie Abraham (31 career interceptions from 1996-2001).
The Player of the Week award is Barber’s seventh (six Defensive Player of the Week awards and one Special Teams Player of the Week aware), which is the most held by any player in team history.
Bryant’s Player of the Week award is his third overall and first as a Buccaneer. He earned it by drilling three field goals, including a 62-yarder as time expired to give the Bucs a 23-21 win over the Eagles.
His game-winning field goal was the third longest kick in league history. Only the 63-yard field goals made by Tom Dempsey (1970) and Jason Elam (1998) were longer than Bryant’s.