After spending his entire 16-year NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and setting the record for most consecutive starts by an NFL cornerback, Super Bowl champion Rondé Barber joined FOX NFL as an analyst in 2013. In 2018, the five-time Pro Bowler offers analysis alongside play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert for the second consecutive year. He teamed with play-by-play announcer Chris Myers and sideline reporter Jennifer Hale from 2014-2016.
Selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 66th overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, Barber quickly became one of the most consistent cornerbacks in the league and was selected to five Pro Bowls (2001, 2004-2006 and 2008). He earned three first-team All-Pro (2001, 2004 and 2005) and two second-team All-Pro selections (2002 and 2006). Barber was named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team and played in every game from 2000-’12.
He led the NFL in interceptions (10) in 2001 and remains the Buccaneers’ all-time interceptions leader (47) and only member of the “40/20 club” (40+ interceptions, 20+ quarterback sacks). The biggest achievement of Barber’s career, however, came during the 2002 season when he helped Tampa Bay defeat the Oakland Raiders to win Super Bowl XXXVII.
Barber received a football scholarship to the University of Virginia. He was redshirted during the 1993 season but quickly showcased his talent in his first season, earning the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Freshman of the Year Award and leading the nation in interceptions (eight) in his redshirt freshman year. Barber garnered first-team All-ACC honors in all three seasons at Virginia and was part of the teams that won the 1994 Independence Bowl and December 1995 Peach Bowl. Barber ranks third all-time in school history with 15 career interceptions, starting all 36 games. After playing football for Virginia, Barber graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce in Charlottesville, Va., in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in commerce with an emphasis in marketing.
Barber retired from the NFL at the conclusion of the 2012 season and joined FOX Sports as an NFL game analyst beginning with the 2013 season, teaming with play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton and reporter Kris Budden. Barber also has offered analysis on FS1’s studio shows. He was nominated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a first-ballot candidate in late 2017 and progressed to the semifinalist stage in just his first year of eligibility. In 2014, he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. On Oct. 1, 2017, he and his twin brother, former New York Giant running back, Tiki, became the first set of twin brothers to call an NFL game for national broadcast television when they joined Kenny Albert in the FOX booth for the Giants at Bucs match.
HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE
Barber graduated from Cave Spring High School in 1993 in Roanoke, Va., where he was a standout in football, wrestling and track. He won the national title in 1993 in track in the 55-meter hurdles, posting a career-best time of 7.18 seconds, then the fourth-best time ever.
Away from the gridiron, Barber and brother Tiki wrote three children’s picture books titled By My Brother’s Side, Game Day and Teammates, plus nine chapter books, while also filming a Lifetime network PSA for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Barber currently resides in Tampa, Fla., with his wife, Claudia, and two daughters, Yamile Rose and Justyce Rosina.