CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ronde Barber became the first cornerback
in NFL history with at least 20 sacks and 20 interceptions when he
got one of each in Tampa Bay's win over Carolina on Sunday.
Barber set the mark with 4:25 to play when he sacked Jake
Delhomme for a 13-yard loss. It was the 20th sack of his career,
most among all NFL cornerbacks. Ray Crockett is second on the list
with 15½ sacks.
"He's a legend now," Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden said. "I just
hope he gets the national credit, the notoriety that a player of
this magnitude deserves -- 20 sacks and 20 picks, it's never been
done before in the history of football."
Barber, in his ninth season with the Bucs, said he's had his eye
on the record for some time.
"For a couple of years it's been in the back of my head -- well,
it's been in the front of my head, I'm not going to lie," Barber
said. "The list is short and a lot of those guys are Hall of
Famers. It's an honor for myself, my teammates, the coaches and the
organization. It's special."
One series before the sack, Barber intercepted Delhomme to end a
Panthers scoring drive. The pick, the 28th of Barber's career, set
up the game-sealing touchdown in Tampa Bay's 20-10 victory.
Afterward, Barber's teammates were in awe of his mark.
"I told him that record is going to stand for a long time,"
cornerback Brian Kelly said. "There's not many defensive backs
that are going to come in and get 20 and 20. That's a big
accomplishment and you have to tip your hat to him."