After playing two games and making one tackle for the Lions in 2004, Babers signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent on April 4 but was waived by the Buccaneers on April 25. Detroit claimed Babers off waivers from the Giants on Sept. 8, 2003, and he appeared in five games to record three tackles (all solo) and five special-teams stops for the Lions as a rookie.
Babers was a three-year starter at Texas who was a first-team All-Big 12 Conference choice and Jim Thorpe Award (nation's best defensive back) semifinalist as a senior. He totaled 131 career tackles (104 solo) and five interceptions (176 yds.), including three returned for touchdowns, to set a Longhorns career record with a 35.2-yard interception return average.
A USA Today honorable mention All-American as a senior at Lamar High School in Houston, Babers had three defensive touchdowns (2 INTs, 1 fumble return) during his final prep season. Roderick Henri Babers was born Oct. 6, 1980, in Houston.