Ronde Barber has decided to retire after 16 NFL seasons, all with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, FoxSports.com reported Wednesday.
“I’ve had a better run than I ever could’ve dreamed of having,” Barber told the website.
His twin brother, former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber , tweeted his congratulations, writing: “Congrats & happy for my twin, Ronde, who’s hanging up the cleats!”
The 38-year-old Barber moved to free safety last season after playing his entire career at cornerback. But the Buccaneers’ starting free safety job was no longer available after the team signed Dashon Goldson in free agency.
A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Barber finishes his career with 47 interceptions, 205 passes defensed, 1,234 tackles, 28 sacks and 16 forced fumbles in 241 career games.
He is the franchise leader in interceptions and defensive touchdown returns (eight).
Barber’s signature moment came in the 2003 NFC Championship Game when his 92-yard interception clinched the Buccaneers’ 27-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Tampa Bay went on to beat the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.