Bucs' Barber sets CB milestone for sacks, interceptions
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.
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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."
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