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.

17 responses to “Veteran DBs Tracy Porter, Ronde Barber named players of week

  1. 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. 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  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.
    You don’t get player of the week for playing against a high school caliber offense.

  6. 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?!?!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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