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Veteran DBs Tracy Porter, Ronde Barber named players of week

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After one week of the NFL season, the Broncos are very glad they convinced Tracy Porter to sign. And the Buccaneers are very glad they convinced Ronde Barber to stay.

Porter, who signed with the Broncos in March after spending four years as a starting cornerback for the Saints, has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. And Barber, who stayed with the Buccaneers and moved to safety after contemplating retirement, has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Porter had a game-clinching 43-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Broncos’ 33-19 win over the Steelers. It was the third time in his career that he had a game-clinching pick-six late in the fourth quarter; he also did it in a 2009 game against the Dolphins and in Super Bowl XLIV, when his victim was his current teammate Peyton Manning.

Barber had both a sack and an interception of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the Bucs’ 16-10 victory on Sunday. It was the third time in his career that he had a sack and an interception in the same game. This is the 10th career Defensive Player of the Week award for Barber.

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17 Responses to “Veteran DBs Tracy Porter, Ronde Barber named players of week”
  1. gmsalpha says: Sep 12, 2012 11:11 AM

    Barber won’t make the Bucs a playoff team, but Porter makes the Broncos a much better team. Not that he’s underrated, but it allows Champ Bailey to perform at his best and makes opposing offenses respect the whole field.

  2. tavia47 says: Sep 12, 2012 11:16 AM

    That was a bad move on the Saints behalf to let him get away it showed sunday against the redskins to bad, and also Carl nicks, and robert meachem they were vital to this team.

  3. magicbucs says: Sep 12, 2012 11:17 AM

    We love us some ronde!!! Congrats ronde! The back bone and heart of the bucs…

  4. bucrightoff says: Sep 12, 2012 11:19 AM

    Love Ronde, my all-time favorite Buc, but seems kinda strange he gets the award when he wasn’t even the best Buc defender on Sunday (that would be GMC). Still, see you in Canton Ronde.

  5. ranksarot says: Sep 12, 2012 11:19 AM

    JJ Watt was player of the week in real life. Dolphins offense still having nightmares about him.

  6. milkmandanimal says: Sep 12, 2012 11:46 AM

    Nobody ever seems to realize exactly how good Ronde Barber has been over the years. He’s a quiet, unassuming guy who plays in a largely forgotten market, and he’s been amazingly good for years. The guy has 11 defensive TDs (11 INT, 4 fumble), plus TDs on a punt return, a blocked punt, and blocked FG. Throw in the 92-yard INT return of McNabb in the 2002 NFC Championship Game that sent the Bucs’ to the Super Bowl, and the guy has a combined FIFTEEN non-offensive TDs, which IIRC is 4th in NFL history.

    The guy has averaged more than 75 tackles a year as a corner, has 44 sacks and 28 INTs (the only guy with 40+ sacks at 25+ INTs in history), has played an unprecedented 200 straight games (45 more than the next DB on the list) and is always the smartest guy on the field. If he was loud and obnoxious and played in a major market like Dallas or New York, people would be screaming his name as a first-ballot HOFer.

    Ronde, you the man.

  7. thcnote says: Sep 12, 2012 11:50 AM

    ranksarot says:
    Sep 12, 2012 11:19 AM
    JJ Watt was player of the week in real life. Dolphins offense still having nightmares about him.
    ——–
    You don’t get player of the week for playing against a high school caliber offense.

  8. captfoxboro says: Sep 12, 2012 12:14 PM

    ” Let’s put him in the HOF just yet ”
    ( Parcells would agree )

  9. captfoxboro says: Sep 12, 2012 12:16 PM

    ^^^ Ronde ( not Tracy Porter )

  10. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 12, 2012 12:46 PM

    Saints looked like they certainly miss Porter. Barber had great game against the Panthers.

  11. playin2x says: Sep 12, 2012 12:57 PM

    The Dolphins went to the super bowl in 2009 wow I must have missed it .. I thought it was Peyton and the Colts

  12. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Sep 12, 2012 1:04 PM

    Let me be the first to say that it was not the Dolphins that Porter intercept the ball from in 2009 SB XLIV … But everybody knows it was just a typo, I hope?!?!

  13. dafast1 says: Sep 12, 2012 1:13 PM

    Tim Jennings (Chi) had two picks and a deflection in the end zone that ended up being picked off. I would take an extra pick over a sack.

  14. jchristophercollins says: Sep 12, 2012 1:46 PM

    AFC Defensive Player of the Week: Mike Vick, who had 4 interceptions for the Browns.

  15. milehigh85 says: Sep 12, 2012 8:48 PM

    Guys, seriously? Go back and read the post! If you have any grasp of the English language and punctuation you would know he never said Miami was in the Super Bowl.

  16. tavia47 says: Sep 13, 2012 10:34 AM

    Good for you tracy porter we miss you down here on the bayou tears.”

  17. denverscott says: Sep 14, 2012 6:00 PM

    Less words, more pictures. Tailor to the audience right?

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