Buccaneers' Barber retires

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Ronde Barber is retiring from the NFL after 17 seasons and a franchise-record 241 games played, all with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer first reported Barber's retirement Wednesday.

Barber, a five-time Pro Bowl pick and three-time All-Pro, never missed a game in his final 16 seasons and was the only player in NFL history with at least 25 sacks and 40 interceptions.

Barber was drafted in 1997 as a third-round pick and became a staple of the Buccaneers' cover-2 defense along with Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and John Lynch.

Barber was a member of the 2002 team that won Super Bowl XXXVII under coach Jon Gruden. He retires as the active leader in consecutive starts by a defensive back with 215, including 200 as a cornerback.

Barber was a cornerback on the NFL all-decade (2000s) team and has the league record for sacks by a cornerback.

Following offseason shoulder surgery to repair a broken arm, Barber chose to return for the 2012 season and play for first-year head coach Greg Schiano. But Barber moved to free safety and started alongside 2012 first-round pick Mark Barron. Barron was born in 1989, when Barber was going into high school.

Barber and twin brother Tiki starred at Virginia before entering the NFL.

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