Originally posted on Bucs Beat  |  Last updated 12/28/11
Ronde Barber did more than just show up every day for work, but the record he may be remembered most for is how many times he punched in and out of the office. He'll achieve it Sunday at Atlanta simply by walking onto the field at the Georgia Dome for his 225th career game, passing linebacker Derrick Brooks on the Bucs' all-time list, in the final game of his 15th NFL season. Barber's greatness as a player is no longer questioned, not like it was when he was getting burned in his first pro game in 1997 by Cardinals' receiver Rob Moore, who caught eight passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. Barber was benched for the rest of the regular season before returning to the lineup in the second round of the playoffs against the Green Bay Packers. "You know what? I’ll be as proud of my last game, whenever that is, as I was my first game,'' Barber said. "My mom tells me the same thing every time I play: play proud.'' Barber can certainly take pride in his career -- 43 interceptions, 27 sacks, 1,138
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