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Ronde Barber leaves literary legacy for kids

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Sitting in comfy chairs in the media center at Carrollwood Elementary school, it's hard to stop a group of kids from reading.

They love their books. All of them are by the same author.

But many of the kids were not familiar after reading their names: "Tiki and Ronde Barber?"

"I had no idea who Tiki or Ronde are," said 8-year-old Macie Allegri.

That's because she wasn't even born when Ronde Barber won the Super Bowl with the Bucs. Her classmates weren't even in school yet, when Barber went to his 5th Pro Bowl.

But some of the students do know who the Barber brothers are.

"Tiki and Ronde Barber are two very famous football players," said Jordan Foreid. He's a big Bucs fan and loves going to the games. What he didn't know about one of his favorite players is that he's also a children's book author.

"I think it's very generous that he's writing books about his childhood so that we can be better at reading, and it will make us smarter," Jordan said.

The Barber brothers have written 11 books. They have names like "Gametime" and "By My Brother's Side."

Most of them are about football, stories when the twins were young.

9 year old Jonathan Adcock says it shows a different side of Ronde.

"On the field he's always rough and knocks a guy down. But in these books, he basically a nice guy."

We caught up with Ronde just after his press conference that made his retirement official. He says two more books are in the works.

"The themes will change because our lives are changing. But we were literacy champs in Virginia and NY and Florida, and it married into the message we were giving at the time about literacy and boys. They dont' like to read, studies show," he said.

Bradley Burden says it must have been hard to write them, with his busy schedule.

"I guess when he's on his off weeks, I guess he must write some books," he said.

Bradley says now Ronde can be known for two things:

"He's still an awesome player and he always will be and he's good at writing children's books too," he said.

Lilly Gray had never heard about the books before, but liked reading them today.

"If he keeps on writing books, he might become a really famous author," he said.

Ronde Barber is destined for the Hall of Fame. But these kids have another legacy he might be leaving.

"Probably as an author too, because just reading the first page, it sounds pretty good," said Taylor Tamargo.

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