Tiki Barber

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Tiki Barber
Tiki Barber by David Shankbone.jpg
Tiki Barber at the Tribeca Film Festival.
No. --     Free Agent
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: April 7, 1975 (1975-04-07) (age 39)
Place of birth: Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Virginia Cavaliers
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Debuted in 1997 for the New York Giants
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl selection (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006)
  • All-Pro selection (2002, 2004, 2005)
  • Super Bowl Appearance (Super Bowl XXXV)
  • BBI Giant of the Year Award (2005)
  • 10,000 Rushing Yards Club
  • New York Giants All-Time Leading Rusher
  • New York Giants Ring of Honor (inducted 2008)
Career NFL statistics as of 2010
Rushing yards 10,449
Average 4.7
Rushing TDs 55
Receptions 586
Receiving yards 5,183
Receiving touchdowns 12
Stats at NFL.com

Tiki Barber is a former American Football runningback (New York Giants), commentator, and children's author. He is the identical twin brother of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber.

College career[change | edit source]

Barber played college football for the Virginia Cavaliers.

NFL Playing Career[change | edit source]

New York Giants[change | edit source]

In 1997, Barber was drafted by the New York Giants. By all field accounts, Barber's NFL career was a success. He got the Giants to a Super Bowl XXXV appearance and became the team's all-time leading rusher. Barber, however, surprised many when he decided to retire after the 2006 season. In 2007, the Giants won Super Bowl XLII without Barber.

Attempted Comeback[change | edit source]

In the 2011 offseason, Barber announced that he would seek an NFL comeback. The statement was not received well by nearly anyone, since Barber was 35 years old, well beyond the normal age that famous runningbacks retire. Barber talked about going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and joining his twin brother Ronde Barber, but a Tampa Bay front office executive promptly said "no way." Barber was brought in by the Miami Dolphins for a tryout, but was not signed.

Controversy[change | edit source]

Barber has drawn critics on and off the field. He has been criticized for remarks he made about Giants teammates Michael Strahan and Eli Manning. Barber also divorced is wife while she was pregnant to marry a woman he had a relationship with while married.

Children's Author[change | edit source]

Tiki and twin brother Ronde Barber have written several children's books about their childhood and how they grew up. The twins have published *By My Brother's Side (2004), Game Day (2005),Teammates (2006),Kickoff! (2007),Go Long! (2008),Wild Card (2009), Red Zone (2010), and Goal Line (2011). These have generally been popular.

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