Bucs MVP: CB Barber

October 21 - Buccaneer Magazine has selected Bucs CB Ronde Barber as the team's most valuable player from Tampa Bay's 17-10 loss to Pittsburgh. Barber intercepted Steelers QB Kordell Stewart two times on Sunday.

Another sloppy defensive performance by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' once-stout defense resulted in a 17-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, which drops the Bucs to 2-3 on the season. If there was one bright spot for Tampa Bay's maligned defense it was cornerback Ronde Barber, who had his best outing of the 2001 season with a career-high two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Barber is this week's BucMag.com Bucs MVP Of The Game.

Barber finished with two passes defensed and one tackle, but none of his turnovers led to Tampa Bay scoring drives. His fumble recovery was only the second of the year by the Bucs defense through five games this season, and came when Jamie Duncan hit Amos Zeroue.

Barber is the current Bucs interceptions leader this year with three. Those three picks also represent a season-high for the fifth-year cornerback. Heading into the 2001 season, Barber only had six career interceptions.

Barber's first pick came when he outplayed 6-foot-6 receiver Plaxico Burress at the Bucs' 5-yard line. His second interception of the day came in the second half on an errant throw by Kordell Stewart.


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