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Jamael Orondé "Rondé" Barber ( ; born April 7, 1975 in Roanoke, Virginiamarker) is an American football cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Buccaneers in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia.

Barber is the identical twin of former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber.

Early years

Barber attended Cave Spring High School in Roanoke, Virginiamarker, and was a standout in football, wrestling, and track. In football, he was a three time All-District selection. In track, he won the national title in the 55 meter hurdles as a senior.

Professional career

Widely considered still as one of the elite cornerbacks in the NFL, Barber was drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of the University of Virginiamarker. His brother Tiki was also drafted the same year, but went a round earlier than Ronde to the New York Giants. In his first season with the Bucs, Barber was unable to force his way into the lineup and played little, making a rare appearance in one game in the 1997 season (he did earn the nickelback job in the playoffs). However, Barber had clearly made an impression on the then Bucs Head Coach Tony Dungy, and in his second season Barber started all nine games, recording 81 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 interceptions. On November 25, 2007, he took the record from Donnie Abraham for the most interceptions in Buccaneers team history by catching his 32nd against the Washington Redskins. He is the longest-tenured member of the team.

Barber is most rememembered at the time for returning the longest post-season interception in the 2002 NFC Championship game vs. Quarterback Donovan McNabb and the Philadephia Eagles. He and the Bucs won their Super Bowl XXXVII 48-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

On December 11, 2005, in a game against the Carolina Panthers, he became the first cornerback in the history of the NFL to record at least 20 interceptions and 20 sacks in his career. He became the ninth member of the 20/20 Club, joining linebackers Jack Ham, Donnie Edwards, Seth Joyner, Wilber Marshall, William Thomas and Ray Lewis and safeties Rodney Harrison, Brian Dawkins, and LeRoy Butler. He is the only cornerback in the group.

Ronde is the active NFL leader in defensive touchdowns scored, with 11 (7 INT, 4 fumble). He needs two more touchdowns to tie all-time leader Rod Woodson.

Personal life

He lives in Tampa with wife Claudia, daughters Yammile Rose and Justyce Rosina.

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