Tiki Barber

Atiim Kiambu "Tiki" Barber[1] (/ˈtiːki/; born April 7, 1975) is a former American football running back who played for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football for the University of Virginia. Barber was drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft, and played his entire professional career for them. Barber retired from the NFL at the end of the 2006 NFL postseason as the Giants' all-time rushing and reception leader. Barber was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Following his playing career, Barber became a national media presence, notably joining NBC's The Today Show as a correspondent in 2007 and Football Night in America/Sunday Night Football.[2] He has published multiple books.

He is the identical twin brother of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber.

Tiki Barber
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Barber at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007
No. 21
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:April 7, 1975 (age 43)
Roanoke, Virginia
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Cave Spring
(Roanoke, Virginia)
College:Virginia
NFL Draft:1997 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:10,449
Rushing average:4.7
Rushing touchdowns:55
Receptions:586
Receiving yards:5,183
Receiving touchdowns:12
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

College career

Barber attended the University of Virginia on an academic scholarship to major in business. While he maintained his focus on his studies, Barber also became an accomplished college athlete; he broke the University of Virginia's long jump record on his first jump, and put the University of Virginia's football program back on the map. He finished his college career with 651 carries for 3,389 yards with and 31 touchdowns, and 64 receptions for 602 yards with 2 touchdowns.

NFL career

Originally he was considered a third-down, "change of pace" back, Barber became a standout starting running back and the all-time leader in rushing yards in New York Giants history. In 2005, he was the NFL's top yardage gainer from the line of scrimmage. He was voted by his peers to three Pro Bowls. From 2003-2006, Tiki Barber gained the most yards from scrimmage by any NFL running back in that 4-year period.

1997–1999

Barber was drafted by the New York Giants in the 2nd round of the 1997 NFL Draft out of the University of Virginia. He was originally intended to be a third-down running back until Rodney Hampton had disappointing years in 1996 and 1997. Hampton retired after the 1997 season, giving Barber the starting nod. He began his career with a mediocre rookie campaign in which he started at running back and ran for 511 yards and 3 touchdowns. He missed four games with a knee injury, but returned to the starting lineup for the final two games of the year. In 1998, he was replaced as a starter and went through a disappointing, injury-riddled year before rebounding in 1999 when he accumulated 1,639 all-purpose yards, utilizing his punt return and receiving skills.

2000–2004

Tiki Barber and the Giants represented the NFC in Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 but lost the game to the Baltimore Ravens. Established as a starter and playmaker, Barber was rewarded with a six-year contract from the Giants following the 2000 season. Following the signing, he called himself "the happiest man in New York right now."

Over the next four years Barber would become an integral part of the Giants' offense. In the last regular season game of 2002, Tiki exploded for 203 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles, at that time one of the league's best defenses. His performance helped the Giants clinch a playoff berth, but the team fell to the San Francisco 49ers in the wild-card round. He ended the season with 1,984 yards from scrimmage.

The 2003 NFL season saw the Giants finish an abysmal 4-12. During the 2004 NFL season, Barber reached the endzone for a career-high 15 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,518 yards and notched 578 receiving yards for 2,096 total yards from scrimmage. On January 2, 2005, in the 2004 season finale at home versus the Dallas Cowboys, Tiki broke Rodney Hampton's Giants' all-time rushing record and Joe Morris's single-season rushing record in the same game. Poignantly, Barber broke the record on the final offensive play of the game, when he scored a game-winning touchdown to end an otherwise dismal 6-10 season for the Giants on a high point.

2005 season

2005 was a rebound year for the Giants and Barber's career year in terms of rushing yards. Led by Eli Manning and Barber, they finished 11-5 and won the NFC East title for the first time since 2000. On December 17, 2005, Barber broke the Giants' single-game rushing record against the Kansas City Chiefs, rushing for 220 yards; he would break his own record the following year. It was his second (of three) 200-yard rushing games during the 2005 season, as he ran for 206 yards in week 8. The Giants promptly shut out the Washington Redskins 36-0 two days after Wellington Mara was buried, proper homage to their beloved owner, to whom Tiki himself was especially close.

He finished the 2005 regular season with 1,860 rushing yards (second in the league to Shaun Alexander and a career-high for Barber) and 2,390 all-purpose yards with a performance of 203 rushing yards against the Oakland Raiders in the final game of the season. Barber's 95-yard touchdown run set a Giants' team record for longest touchdown run, previously held by Hap Moran for a 91-yard run on November 23, 1930 vs the Green Bay Packers.[3]

His 960 yards from scrimmage in December 2005 was an NFL record until it was broken by Chris Johnson, who had 968 from scrimmage in November 2009.

The season ended prematurely, as the Giants were shut out 23-0 to the Carolina Panthers in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Barber's 2,390 total yards for 2005 was second highest in NFL history, at the time, behind Marshall Faulk's 2,429 total yards in 1999. It is also the highest total for a running back 30 years of age or older. He was named to the NFC Pro Bowl squad for the second time in his career, and was voted an All Pro. Barber placed fourth in the voting for the 2005 MVP award. Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander won the Award, followed by Peyton Manning (second place) and Tom Brady (third place).

He was nominated for the 2005 FedEx Ground Player of the Year Award, along with LaDainian Tomlinson and Shaun Alexander. Barber also signed a contract extension in September 2005 which extended his contract through 2008 and increased his pay.

2006 season

In the 2006 season, Barber continued his fine play in his final season and final games as an NFL player, a rarity for running backs who often break down late in their careers. His total yardage on the season was higher than any other running back in history in their last season.

Barber rushed for 1,662 yards and five touchdowns in his 2006 campaign. During week 14 at Carolina, Barber rushed for 112 yards to help the Giants end a four-game losing skid. Tiki's best game in 2006 was in Week 17 at Washington, where he rushed for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Giants 34-28 victory against the Redskins, a win that gave the Giants a playoff berth. In that game, Tiki set a new team record for rushing yards in a single game by breaking his own record, which he had set the previous year versus Kansas City. His 234 rushing yards are the most ever by a player over 30 years old. He also holds the record for most 200-yard rushing games by a player over 30 years old with four. Only three other players have one.

In his final game with the Giants, a playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Barber rushed for 137 yards on 26 carries. After the game, Eagles safety Brian Dawkins embraced Barber and told him, "You're a warrior."[4]

As a Pro Bowler in his final season, Barber's last official game was the 2007 Pro Bowl on February 10, 2007 in Hawaii.

NFL retirement

In October 2006, Barber revealed his intention to retire at the end of the 2006 NFL season. Barber had previously indicated his desire to retire at some point and pursue a broadcasting career. When questioned why a player at the peak of his game would retire, Barber cited the toll the physical nature of football takes on a person's body and that he “simply couldn’t take it anymore”. Tiki was highly critiqued for his decision to retire at his prime. He declined a reported 50 million dollar / 2 year contract with the New York Giants.

During his career with the Giants, the team never won a championship, a top goal of Barber's that he spoke publicly about in 2005. When announcing his retirement, Barber seemed at peace to leave the game without a Super Bowl ring. He said, "I used to think my career was defined by not winning a Super Bowl. But I think looking back on my career, they'll see someone who was a competitor, someone who always played hard and never gave up."[5] He officially filed his retirement papers with the Players Association on February 12, 2007.

In the very next NFL season following Barber's retirement, the New York Giants went on to defeat the previously undefeated 18–0 New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XLII in one of the greatest upsets in sports history. Barber was present to cover the event, but was not well received by most of his former teammates and Giants' fans, after his disparaging remarks about his former teammate and Giants quarterback, Eli Manning.[6]

Attempt to return to the NFL

On March 8, 2011, Barber filed paperwork to come out of retirement.[7] Although the New York Giants still retained the rights to Barber, the Giants planned to release him once the NFL and the NFLPA reached a collective bargaining agreement.[7]

On April 28, 2011, Barber said that his comeback was "not about the money"; however, the New York Post ran a contradictory news story in 2010, reporting that Barber was seeking to return to the NFL because he was not financially solvent. The story said that he was unable to pay his divorce settlement with his ex-wife.[8]

On July 28, 2011, the Giants officially removed Barber from the retired list, allowing him to sign with any team.[9] On August 2, 2011, Barber began working out with the Miami Dolphins.[10]

On September 5, 2011, Barber's agent, Mark Lepselter,[11] confirmed that no NFL team was interested in signing him.[12][13]

Rushing statistics

Year Team Games Attempts Yards Average Longest Rush Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1997 NYG 12 136 511 3.8 42 3 31 2 1
1998 NYG 16 52 166 3.2 23 0 8 1 0
1999 NYG 16 62 258 4.2 30 0 12 1 0
2000 NYG 16 213 1,006 4.7 78 8 38 5 3
2001 NYG 14 166 865 5.2 36 4 40 3 1
2002 NYG 16 304 1,387 4.6 70 11 67 5 5
2003 NYG 16 278 1,216 4.4 27 2 66 6 5
2004 NYG 16 322 1,518 4.7 72 13 77 5 2
2005 NYG 16 357 1,860 5.2 95 9 72 1 1
2006 NYG 16 327 1,662 5.1 55 5 78 3 1
Total Total 154 2,217 10,449 4.7 95 55 489 32 19

[14]

Giants Franchise records

As of 2018, Tiki Barber held at least 22 Giants franchise records, including:

  • Most Rush Attempts (career): 2,217
  • Most Rush Attempts (season): 357 (2005)
  • Most Rush Yards (career): 10,449
  • Most Rush Yards (season): 1,860 (2005)
  • Most Rush Yards (game): 234 (2006-12-30 @WAS)
  • Most Rush Yds/Att (career): 4.71
  • Most Rush Yds/Att (playoff season): 5.27 (2006)
  • Most Rush Yds/Game (career): 67.9
  • Most Rush Yds/Game (season): 116.3 (2005)
  • Most Rush Yds/Game (playoff season): 137 (2006)
  • Most Yds from Scrimmage (career): 15,632
  • Most Yds from Scrimmage (season): 2,390 (2005)
  • Most Yds from Scrimmage (game): 258 (2006-12-30 @WAS)
  • Most Yds from Scrimmage (playoff career): 671
  • Most All Purpose Yds (career): 17,359
  • Most All Purpose Yds (season): 2,390 (2005)
  • Most All Purpose Yds (game): 258 (2006-12-30 @WAS)
  • Most Punt Ret Yds (season): 506 (1999)
  • Most 100+ yard rushing games (career): 40
  • Most 100+ yard rushing games (season): 9 (2004 and 2006; tied with Joe Morris)
  • Most 100+ yard rushing games (playoffs): 2 (tied with Ottis Anderson and Joe Morris)
  • Most 1000+ rushing yard seasons (career): 6

Player profile

Running style

Starting from his breakout season in 2000, Barber was known for his exceptional cutback running, quick feet, and running vision. He also was an adept receiver out of the backfield with over 450 receiving yards and over 50 receptions every season from 2000 to 2006.

After the 2003 year, in spite of his rushing yard totals, Barber had a tendency to commit fumbles. He committed nine fumbles and six lost fumbles in the 2002 and 2003 seasons, respectively. This also includes three lost fumbles in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 28, 2002. When head coach Tom Coughlin arrived, he taught Barber to hold the ball vertically instead of horizontally, of which is a common practice in rugby football. After adapting to this change, his fumbles went down significantly. In 2004, he only had two lost fumbles and proceeded to commit only lost four fumbles in his three years with Coughlin.

Barber began to focus on strength training and lifting in 2004 upon the suggestion of his new running backs coach, Jerald Ingram. Barber began to work with a strength coach, Joe Carini, in New Jersey. His added upper-body strength allowed him to break more tackles and improve as a running-back. Barber improved in other ways over the course of his career. He refined upon his patience during game-play, which is needed in football to wait for blocks to set and formed holes to emerge in the offensive line before accelerating forward. Barber also improved upon his physical toughness and blocking ability, as he was not known for being skilled in them earlier in his career.[15] Barber additionally benefited from an improved offensive line and Coughlin's emphasis on the Giants' new strategic running game.

New York Giants franchise records

  • Longest Touchdown Run: 95 yards, December 31, 2005 vs. the Oakland Raiders
  • Most Rushing Attempts, Season: 357, 2005 season
  • Most Rushing Attempts, Career: 2,217
  • Most 100 Yard Games, Season: 9, 2004 season
  • Most 200 Yard Games, Season: 3, 2005 season
  • Most Rushing Yards, Single Game: 234 yards, December 30, 2006 vs. the Washington Redskins
  • Most Rushing Yards, Season: 1,860 yards, 2005 season
  • Most Rushing Yards, Career: 10,449 yards
  • Most Total Yards, Season: 2,390 yards, 2005 season
  • Most 1,000 Yard Seasons: 6
  • Yards Per Carry, Career: 4.7
  • Most Total Yards, Game: 276 (203 rushing yards, 73 receiving yards), December 28, 2002 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Most Total Yards (Rushing, Receiving, Returns and Fumble Yardage), Career: 17,359
  • Most Yards From Scrimmage (Rushing and Receiving), Career: 15,632
  • Highest Average 100+ yards from scrimmage per game, Career (min: 150 games): 101.5
  • Most Fumble Recoveries, Game: 3, October 29, 2000 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles

Strahan contract controversy

In 2002, All-Pro Giants defensive end Michael Strahan was negotiating a new contract, and Tiki Barber publicly criticized Michael Strahan's negotiating stance. He felt Strahan should have agreed to the contract the Giants offered and remarked that Strahan was greedy. The contract impacted the team as Strahan's cap number exceeded $12 million and the new contract would have lowered Strahan's cap number, greatly helping the team get under the 2002 Salary Cap. "I don't know if he realizes how much $17 million is," Barber told the NY Post. "That is absolutely ridiculous, to turn that down. He's already the highest-paid defensive player in the league. He's already making more than most quarterbacks...Michael is not thinking about the team; he's thinking about himself".[16]

Keith Hamilton, a teammate of Strahan and Barber at the time, then responded with comments critical of Barber. Players generally believe that they should not speak about the contracts of other players. Beyond that, some members of the Giants defense harbored resentment of the offense, which was lackluster and unproductive in the 1990s. "The defense has carried the offense, carried the team, since I've been here," Hamilton told The Star-Ledger. "[Barber] hasn't been here long enough or done enough to say anything. For him to shoot his mouth off, acting like he's Mr. New York, yeah, I'm ticked off. Strahan is the single-season sack record-holder. He's the AP Defensive Player of the Year. He's one of the best - if not the best - defensive ends in the game. And you tell me this guy is being greedy? That's a bunch of crap. I've heard enough. Who is Tiki Barber to shoot his mouth off? What has he done? He talks like he's acting in the best interest of the team. Tell him to give his $7 million (signing bonus) back. Since he's so charitable, why doesn't he volunteer his $7 million? He says all the politically correct things. Ask him if he's giving up some of his money." Despite this incident, Strahan and Barber are currently friendly with each other in public.[16]

Coaching criticism

Although Barber's statistics improved greatly after Tom Coughlin became the Giants' head coach, Barber disliked and criticized Coughlin's coaching style. During the coach's tenure, Barber publicly questioned the team's coaching on two occasions. After being shut out at home in the first round of the 2005 playoffs by the Carolina Panthers, Tiki made a post-game comment that he felt the Giants had been outcoached by their former defensive coordinator, the Panthers' head coach John Fox. Heavy sports media attention was placed on the comment; Tiki apologized for it shortly afterwards, saying he only meant to convey the Giants' performance was 'unacceptable'.

After a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2006 season, Barber criticized the playcalling for abandoning the running game too soon.[17] Both times Coughlin and Barber met to discuss the comments.

On the eve of what would be his last game with the Giants, Barber told ESPN that he is "demeaned and talked down to" by Coughlin.[18]

After retiring, Barber attributed his decision to retire to Coughlin's unrelenting style in practice. "(Coughlin) pushed me in the direction (of television),"[19] said Barber. "I don't know if you realize this, but we were in full pads for 17 weeks, and with the amount of injuries that we had, it just takes a toll on you. You physically don't want to be out there, when your body feels the way you do, in full pads."[20]

The Giants would then go on to win the Super Bowl, the year following Barber's retirement.

Post-football career

Broadcasting

After retiring from the NFL, Barber began a second career as a television broadcaster. Barber immediately landed a role with NBC in which he contributed to the Today program, covered sports for NBC Sports, and hosted entertainment events for NBC Universal. Barber was introduced as a correspondent for NBC's Today and analyst for Football Night in America/Sunday Night Football on February 13, 2007.[2] This came after a competition for his services was waged between ABC, FOX, NFL, and NBC. As a Today correspondent, Barber anchored lifestyle segments and reports on news stories. He was rumored to be a potential long-term candidate for Matt Lauer's co-host position on Today. However, Lauer renewed his contract with NBC in 2012 and was fired on November 29, 2017.[21]

Barber is unusual among retired athletes in his desire to cover hard news and political stories; in 2006 Barber cited a lunch with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as the highlight of his year.[22]

While still an NFL player, Barber gained broadcasting experience. On television, he co-hosted the morning news program Fox & Friends on select Tuesday mornings. On radio, he hosted Barber Shop a weekly show on Sirius Satellite Radio with his brother Ronde during the football season. In the offseason, he hosted a political and general interest radio program; Senator John McCain was his first interview. Barber originally began his broadcasting career on WFAN radio and the WCBS local news in New York.

In May 2008, Barber filled the spot of Willie Geist on the MSNBC program Morning Joe while Geist was on vacation.

In August 2008, Barber helped broadcast the 2008 Summer Olympics on MSNBC and was a commentator for Yahoo! sports for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

On Wednesday, June 23, 2010, the New York Post reported that NBC has dropped him from his contributor's role on NBC's The Today Show. Barber was quietly let go in May 2010 by the network after his contract was not renewed by NBC earlier that year.

Barber appeared as a studio pundit on the BBC's Super Bowl XLV coverage.[23]

Currently, Barber is a radio host for CBS Sports Radio with Brandon Tierney, Tiki & Tierney, a national show on Weekday afternoons airing 3 - 6 pm (EST).[24]

Miscellaneous TV appearances

Barber is a frequent judge on the Food Network show Iron Chef America, along with the show Chopped.

Barber appeared as a guest judge on Project Runway. The challenge was to design Barber a dress shirt to wear on the Today Show.

Barber appeared with his family on NBC's show Celebrity Family Feud which premiered on June 24, 2008.

Barber appeared as the guest in the "Not My Job" section of the NPR news quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! in November 2008. He answered three questions about Mickey Mouse on the occasion of Mickey's 80th birthday.[25]

Barber was the 'mobile shout out' on an episode of the Discovery Channel game show Cash Cab. The question was "What is the name of the famous John Steinbeck novel that followed the travels of Tom Joad?". Both Barber and the contestant incorrectly answered with Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry; the correct answer was The Grapes of Wrath.

In the 2008 series Knight Rider, Barber played a drill sergeant who was murdered during an underground MMA fight in the episode "Fight Knight". His character was filmed dressing down an unseen private and used by KITT to distract the owner of the illegal club long enough to allow for capture by Michael. He was also spoofed by KITT at the end of the episode.

Barber appears in multiple episodes as himself in the 2009 iteration of The Electric Company. His "character" is adored by women and adolescents alike and is portrayed as a very likable and forthright role model. One episode even puts him in the role of a judge, trying a case of pet negligence towards his bird.

In the Dave Matthews Band music video for their 2001 single "Everyday," Barber was featured as one of the people being hugged.

In 2014, Barber appeared as himself in Orange Is the New Black in the Season 2 episode "It Was the Change" which was the 12th episode of the season.

Barber co-hosted season 2 of Ultimate Beastmaster with Chris Distefano[26] and season 3 with CM Punk

Theater

Barber makes his Broadway debut as Don in Kinky Boots January 21, 2019, and will play a limited run until March 3. Barber said in a statement, "I was very fortunate to be part of the New York Giants for ten years and feel incredibly lucky to be joining another New York institution: Broadway."[27]

Business activities

Barber is pursuing business and investment opportunities, reportedly inking a contract to serve as a partner and investor in O Beverages LLC, the maker of fruit-infused bottled water[28] as well as opening a high-tech cycling gym in NYC.[29]

Barber is co-chairman and co-founder of Thuzio, which provides an online marketplace for athletes to be booked for local speaking appearances, coaching, and personal events.[30]

In 2018 Barber co-founded Grove Group Management,[31] a cannabis-focused investment firm that provides various forms of expertise (finance, marketing, operations, retail, legal issues, and product development) to the businesses it invests in.[32][33] The company aims to work with small and minority-owned cannabis businesses in particular.[34]

Personal life

The Barber twin boys were born five weeks premature.[35] Barber was born seven minutes after his identical twin brother Ronde Barber. He was named Atiim Kiambu, which means "fiery-tempered king" because he was screaming shortly after his birth.[35][36] Ronde was a cornerback who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and won Super Bowl XXXVII against the Oakland Raiders.

Barber is the son of Geraldine and James Barber. James "J.B." Barber was a star running back at Virginia Tech and later played in the National Football League.[37] Barber's parents divorced when Barber was very young, and his father never provided financial support and rarely saw his sons when they were growing up.[37] His mother Geraldine worked two sometimes three jobs to support her three sons.[38] He has an older brother, Tarik Barber.[39]

Barber married his University of Virginia sweetheart Virginia Cha Barber on May 15, 1999, and the couple resided in Upper East Side New York City with Cha's parents living in an suite. Cha—of Korean and Vietnamese descent—was a fashion publicist for Zegna, a men’s designer-clothing label.[40] They have two sons, A.J. (Atiim Kiambu Junior), born July 8, 2002, and Chason, born March 18, 2004; and twin daughters Riley and Ella, born May 24, 2010.[41]

On April 5, 2010, while Cha was seven months pregnant with their twin daughters, it was announced that Barber and his wife were separating after 11 years of marriage.[42][43] It later became public that Barber had left Cha for 23-year-old Traci Lynn Johnson, whom he met while she was an NBC intern and he worked on the Today show. Johnson had babysat his and Ginny's sons.[44][45][46]

In the May 30, 2011 issue of Sports Illustrated, Barber described hiding out with Johnson in his agent Mark Lepselter's attic so that he would not get caught.[47] Barber was quoted as saying that "Lep's Jewish, and it was like a reverse Anne Frank thing." Barber's comments were quickly condemned by New York Post sports columnist Mike Vaccaro.[48]

Just eight days after his divorce from Cha was final, on July 20, 2012, Barber and Johnson married [49] in a simple civil ceremony in a New York courtroom.[50] Johnson gave birth to their daughter Brooklyn on December 27, 2013.[51] In July 2016 their second daughter, and Tiki's sixth child,[52] Teagan, was born.[53]

In 2014, Barber supported CC Sabathia's charity, the PitCCh In Foundation, by running in the 2014 New York City Marathon. He achieved a 5:14:37 running time.[54][55]

Books authored by the Barber twins

On September 18, 2007, Barber's book, Tiki: My Life and the Game Beyond was published. The autobiography was co-written by Gil Reavill. His second book, Tiki Barber's Pure Hard Workout, which was released on November 13, 2008, by Gotham Books, reveals Barber's intensive lifting program. The book is coauthored by his trainer, Joe Carini.

Barber has authored eight illustrated children's books with his brother Ronde.

  • By My Brother's Side (2004)
  • Game Day (2005)
  • Teammates (2006)
  • Kickoff! (2007)
  • Go Long! (2008)
  • Wild Card (2009)
  • Red Zone (2010)
  • Goal Line (2011)
  • End Zone (2012)

See also

Notes

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  3. ^ Tiki Barber Archived December 8, 2006, at the Wayback Machine, NYGiants.com. Retrieved January 11, 2007
  4. ^ Santoliquito, Joseph, Barber ready to move on, ESPN.com. Retrieved January 8, 2007
  5. ^ "Barber ready to move on". Retrieved February 13, 2007.
  6. ^ "Tiki's offseason criticisms rallied Eli, Giants". Nbcsports.msnbc.com. January 26, 2008. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  7. ^ a b Tiki Barber Unretires Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 8, 2011.
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20111019074505/http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news. Archived from the original on October 19, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ http://newyork.sbnation.com/new-york-giants/2011/7/28/2301751/new-york-giants-roster-cuts-tiki-barber-officially-an-ex-giant Archived August 10, 2011, at WebCite
  10. ^ "news: Barber works out for Dolphins in attempt at NFL comeback". Nfl.com. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  11. ^ Martin, Cam (April 22, 2011). "Tiki Barber's agent knew early that broadcasting career was doomed". Mediabistro.com. Archived from the original on September 17, 2011. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  12. ^ "Tiki Barber remains unemployed and sad". Sports.yahoo.com. August 31, 2011. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  13. ^ "Former Giants Star Tiki Barber 'Devastated' At Being Snubbed By Every NFL Team". FoxNews.com. AP. April 7, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  14. ^ "Tiki Barber Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  15. ^ Barber, Tiki. Pure Hard Workout
  16. ^ a b "ESPN.com: NFL - Barber says Strahan 'should just be quiet'". static.espn.go.com.
  17. ^ Tiki Barber upset with lack of carries Archived November 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Associated Press News Service. Retrieved January 11, 2007
  18. ^ Inside the Giants Archived January 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ [1], nj.com: Tiki takes a parting shot at Coughlin
  20. ^ [2], The New York Times: NBC Gives Barber the Ball, and He Runs With It
  21. ^ Grynbaum, Michael M.; Koblin, John (November 29, 2017). "Matt Lauer Firing Caps a Difficult Time at NBC News" – via NYTimes.com.
  22. ^ Bliss, Sara. A Giant Life Archived June 10, 2004, at the Wayback Machine. Gotham Magazine Yearbook, 2007.
  23. ^ "BBC - BBC Sport Programmes - American Football, 2010/11, Super Bowl Live". Retrieved February 1, 2011.
  24. ^ "TIKI BARBER, BRANDON TIERNEY AND DANA JACOBSON TO HOST CBS SPORTS RADIO'S WEEKDAY MORNING SHOW". CBS Radio. Archived from the original on March 8, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  25. ^ "NPR: Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!".
  26. ^ Holloway, Daniel (November 8, 2017). "'Ultimate Beastmaster' Renewed by Netflix for Season 2 (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  27. ^ https://www.broadway.com/buzz/194335/hell-raise-you-up-new-york-giants-legend-tiki-barber-to-join-kinky-boots-as-don/
  28. ^ http://www.newsday.com/sports/football/giants/sns-ap-fbn-tiki-barber-o-water,0,4435061.story?coll=ny-football-headlines
  29. ^ "Store Openings - Tiki Barber and Ruth Zukerman Open Indoor Cycling Gym Flywheel". Nymag.com. February 14, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  30. ^ "For Tiki Barber, Thuzio Startup an Authentic Experience". Blackenterprise.com. November 13, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  31. ^ "Grove Group Management to Bring Capital and Business Management to Cannabis Industry" (Press release). PR Newswire. October 15, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  32. ^ Aiello, Chloe (December 11, 2018). "Ex-NFL Player Tiki Barber Turns Cannabis 'Opportunist' with Latest Management Venture". Cheddar. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  33. ^ Dorbian, Iris (October 25, 2018). "NFL Great Co-Founds New Cannabis Investment Firm With Social Justice At Its Core". Forbes. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  34. ^ La Monica, Paul R. (January 25, 2019). "Ex-NFL player Tiki Barber now invests in pot". CNN. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  35. ^ a b Pogrebin, Abigail (October 16, 2009). "Embryo to End Zone: Tiki and Ronde Barber". Vanity Fair.
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1995 All-Atlantic Coast Conference football team

The 1995 All-Atlantic Coast Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various selectors for their All-Atlantic Coast Conference ("ACC") teams for the 1995 college football season. Selectors in 1995 included the Associated Press (AP).

Four teams dominated the AP's 1995 All-ACC selections:

Conference champion Florida State finished the season ranked No. 4 in the final AP Poll and placed seven players on the first team: quarterback Danny Kanell, running back Warrick Dunn, wide receiver Andre Cooper, offensive tackle Jesus Hernandez, offensive guard Lewis Tyre, center Clay Shiver, and defensive lineman Reinard Wilson.

Virginia finished the season ranked No. 16 in the final AP Poll and placed six players on the first team: running back Tiki Barber, offensive tackle Jason Augustino, defensive backs Percy Ellsworth and Ronde Barber, placekicker Rafael Garcia, and punter Will Brice.

Clemson finished in third place in the conference and placed four players on the first team: offensive guard Will Young, linebacker Anthony Simmons, defensive back Brian Dawkins, and defensive lineman Lamarick Simpson.

Fifth-place North Carolina also placed four players on the first team: tight end Freddie Jones, linebacker Kivuusama Mays, defensive linemen Marcus Jones and Greg Ellis.

1995 Peach Bowl (December)

The 1995 Peach Bowl featured the Virginia Cavaliers and Georgia Bulldogs.

Georgia fell behind to the Cavaliers, 24-6, before rallying to tie the game at 27 late in the fourth quarter. Virginia clinched the victory when Demetrius "Pete" Allen returned a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown to secure the 34-27 win with under a minute remaining. The Bulldogs lost despite a total offense edge of 525 to 256 yards.

1995 Virginia Cavaliers football team

The 1995 Virginia Cavaliers football team represented the University of Virginia during the 1995 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was George Welsh. They played their home games at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia.

1997 NFL Draft

The 1997 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 19–20, 1997, at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. No teams chose to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.

This draft was notable for its high-profile offensive linemen. The first overall selection was Orlando Pace, who appeared in seven consecutive Pro Bowls from 2000 to 2006 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2016. Tarik Glenn was selected 19th overall and has been named to three Pro Bowls as well. Arguably the best of the bunch, Walter Jones, who made nine Pro Bowls (including eight consecutive from 2001–08), was a seven time All-Pro, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2014, was selected 6th overall. Others include Chris Naeole, Dan Neil, Ryan Tucker, Jeff Mitchell, Mike Flynn, and Joe Andruzzi.

The '97 Draft is also well known for its running backs. Warrick Dunn was drafted 12th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and rushed for over 10,000 yards in his career. Corey Dillon, Tiki Barber, Antowain Smith, Priest Holmes, and Duce Staley all enjoyed productive seasons in the NFL.

This draft is also well known for its undrafted Pro Bowl players. Jake Delhomme, Holmes, Pat Williams, and four others made Pro-Bowl trips at some point in their careers.

2000 New York Giants season

The 2000 New York Giants season was the 76th season the Giants have played football as a professional ball club in the National Football League (NFL). The team finished 12-4 and made it to Super Bowl, where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens 7–34.

2001 New York Giants season

The 2001 New York Giants season was the franchise's 77th season in the National Football League. They were returning as Super Bowl runners-up from the 2000 season, after losing Super Bowl XXXV to the Baltimore Ravens. The Giants tried to improve on their 12-4 record from the previous year, instead they went 7–9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

2002 New York Giants season

The 2002 New York Giants season was the franchise's 78th season in the National Football League and the sixth under head coach Jim Fassel. The team improved upon their previous season's 7–9 disappointment, winning ten games and returning to the playoffs for the second time in three years, ending the season on a four-game winning streak. After a midseason slump, head coach Jim Fassel stripped offensive coordinator Sean Payton of playcalling duties, and the Giants went on to a winning streak that would carry them to the playoffs. Leading 35–14 in the third quarter of the NFC wild-card came at San Francisco, Jeremy Shockey dropped a touchdown pass forcing a field goal to make the score 38–14. Fassel decided to rest starting running back Tiki Barber to save him for the next round, but the 49ers gained momentum, and the Giants did not score again, losing the game 39–38. Following the season, Payton was not retained; he won the Super Bowl seven years later as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints.

2005 New York Giants season

The 2005 New York Giants season was the franchise's 81st season in the National Football League. The Giants finished the regular season with 11 wins and 5 losses and came in first place of the NFC East. However, they would lose to the Carolina Panthers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

2006 New York Giants season

The 2006 New York Giants season was the franchise's 82nd season in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on their 11–5 record in 2005, which saw them win the NFC East. They did not win the NFC East or improve on that record, falling to 8–8 on the season after starting 6–2. However, head coach Tom Coughlin became the first Giants head coach since Bill Parcells to lead the team to consecutive playoff berths as the team qualified as one of two NFC wild card teams. This was Tiki Barber's final season in the NFL.

Gene Roberts (American football)

Eugene O. "Choo-Choo" Roberts (January 20, 1923 – July 6, 2009) was an American football running back for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) from 1947 to 1950. Roberts played college football for Chattanooga, leading the NCAA in scoring in 1946 with 117 points. He set the NFL and the New York Giants single game rushing record with 218 yards on November 12, 1950 against the Chicago Cardinals. The NFL record was broken by Thomas Wilson of the Los Angeles Rams on December 16, 1956. The Giants single game rushing record stood for over 55 years, until it was broken by Tiki Barber on December 17, 2005.

Roberts left the Giants in 1950 and played in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes in 1951 and the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1952 to 1954.

Roberts is the only person to lead the NCAA, the NFL (102 points in 1949) and the CFL (88 points in 1953) in scoring.

Hap Moran

Francis Dale "Hap" Moran (July 31, 1901 – December 30, 1994) was a collegiate and professional American football player. He played mainly at halfback for Carnegie Tech (1922), Grinnell College (1923–1925), the Frankford Yellow Jackets (1926), the Chicago Cardinals (1927), the Pottsville Maroons (1928), and the New York Giants (1929–1933). When he retired from the NFL in 1933, he held the league records for the longest run from scrimmage (91 yards against the Green Bay Packers on November 23, 1930) and most yards receiving in a single game (114 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 15, 1933). His 91-yard run remained a New York Giants record for 75 years until it was broken by Tiki Barber on December 31, 2005.

History of the New York Giants (1994–present)

The New York Giants, an American football team which currently plays in the NFL's National Football Conference, have qualified for the postseason seven times since 1994. With the retirement of Phil Simms and Lawrence Taylor — two of the most important figures in franchise history – after the 1993 season, the Giants entered a new era.

After a successful 1993 season, the Giants struggled under head coach Dan Reeves, and failed to reach the playoffs for three consecutive seasons. With the hiring of Jim Fassel as the team's new head coach in 1997, the Giants fortunes improved and they made the playoffs several times. Led by free agent acquisition quarterback Kerry Collins, the Fassel era included an appearance in Super Bowl XXXV, where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens. Although there was success, the Fassel era was also marked by inconsistency, and he was fired after the 2003 season.

Fassel was replaced by Tom Coughlin who served as head coach from 2004 to 2015. The Giants acquired their current starting quarterback Eli Manning via a draft day trade from the San Diego Chargers. Manning had been the quarterback at University of Mississippi, and was the first pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. During this period standout Giants players include defensive end Michael Strahan, who set the NFL single season record in sacks in 2001, and running back Tiki Barber, who set a team record in rushing yards in 2005. The Giants made the playoffs four consecutive seasons, from 2005–2008 (including a Super Bowl victory during the 2007 season), but missed the playoffs in 2009 and 2010.

Independence Day (Martina McBride song)

"Independence Day" is a song written by Gretchen Peters, and performed by American country music singer Martina McBride. The song was officially released in April 1994 as the third single from her album The Way That I Am. The song peaked at number 12 on Hot Country Songs. Peters later recorded it herself on her 1996 album The Secret of Life. It was first offered to Reba McEntire, who turned it down.In 2003, it ranked 50th in CMT's 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music. The following year, it ranked #2 in CMT's 100 Greatest Videos in Country Music. The song was also featured in CMT's Controversy in terms of release and included interviews from "The Today Show" reporter Tiki Barber, Brad Paisley, McBride herself, and former National Organization for Women president Patricia Ireland. In 2014, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #77 in their list of the 100 greatest country songs. The song has sold 550,000 copies in the US as of July 2015.Songwriter Gretchen Peters received the Country Music Association's Song of the Year award in 1995 for "Independence Day."

Jerald Ingram

Jerald Ingram (born December 24, 1960) is an American football coach and a former player. He played college football at the fullback position for the University of Michigan from 1979 to 1981 and later served as the running backs coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars (1995–2003) and New York Giants (2004–2013) of the National Football League (NFL).

Kate Barber

Kate ("Tiki") Barber (born November 22, 1976 in West Chester, Pennsylvania) is a field hockey forward and midfield player from the United States, who made her international senior debut for the Women's National Team in 1998 by scoring two goals in a 3-3 draw with New Zealand. The former student of Unionville High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was a member of the team, that won the silver medal at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.She was the captain of the American field hockey team which competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics. It was the first Olympics for which the United States had qualified since the 1996 Summer Olympics.She was once interviewed on the NBC Today Show by American football player, Tiki Barber, where it was revealed that she received her nickname "Tiki" because of his nickname. They were contemporary athletes in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Since he was a headlining football player at the University of Virginia at the time of her success at the University of North Carolina, her teammates began calling her "Tiki" as well. The nickname persisted into her international career.

Percy Ellsworth

Percy Daniel Ellsworth III (born October 19, 1974 in Drewryville, Virginia) is a retired former American football safety in the National Football League for the New York Giants and the Cleveland Browns. Ellsworth joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 1996 after playing college football at the University of Virginia. He was teammates with Tiki Barber at both Virginia and with the Giants. Ellsworth attended Southampton High School in Courtland, Virginia, where he was a Super Prep All-American as a senior. He was the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for week 16 of the 1998 NFL season.

Riverside, Connecticut

Riverside is a neighborhood/section in the town of Greenwich in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 8,416.The town of Greenwich is one political and taxing body, but consists of several distinct sections or neighborhoods, such as Banksville, Byram, Cos Cob, Glenville, Mianus, Old Greenwich, Riverside, and Greenwich (sometimes referred to as central, or downtown, Greenwich). Of these neighborhoods, three (Cos Cob, Old Greenwich, and Riverside) have separate postal names and ZIP codes.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, at 200 Riverside Avenue in Riverside, has held its "Fair for All" since 1942. Money raised goes directly to local charities.Well-known residents of Riverside include Lara Spencer, television journalist, and Lois Darling, an author, illustrator and researcher. Gold Medal ice skater Dorothy Hamill and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson also grew up in Riverside. Riverside is also home to Kathie Lee Gifford. New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal also lives in Riverside with his family. Former NFL player Tiki Barber also lives in Riverside along with his two daughters and two sons.

The neighborhood is served by the Riverside Railroad Station on the Metro-North line, although some residents are closer to the Old Greenwich Train Station.

Interstate 95 cuts through the neighborhood.

Riverside has two sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

Riverside Avenue Bridge, Riverside Avenue over railroad tracks; built in 1894; listed in 1977

Samuel Ferris House, Cary Road; built in about 1760; listed in 1989

Ronde Barber

Jamael Orondé "Rondé" Barber (born April 7, 1975) is a former American football defensive back and current sports broadcaster. Barber spent his entire 16-year professional career playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He is the identical twin brother of Tiki Barber, a former running back for the New York Giants. Barber grew up in Roanoke, Virginia and played college football for the University of Virginia.

In the 1997 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Ronde Barber in the third round as the 66th overall pick. Over the course of his career, Barber was selected to five Pro Bowls, accumulated three first team All-Pro selections, two second team All-Pro selections, and was selected to the National Football League 2000s All-Decade Team. Additionally, he led all NFL players in interceptions in 2001, is the Buccaneers all-time interceptions leader, and is one of the two members of the 40/20 club (40+ interceptions, 20+ quarterback sacks) alongside Charles Woodson. After the 2002 season, Barber won Super Bowl XXXVII against the Oakland Raiders. He also holds the record for most consecutive starts by a defensive back. Barber was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Thuzio

Thuzio is a sports media and events company that produces a weekly live sports interview show for a members-only audience. Thuzio's event series, "Legends," honors iconic sports personalities and moments through raw storytelling in an intimate setting. Membership is enjoyed by thousands of business professionals from all industries who use Thuzio events to build their client relationships and network.

Thuzio was founded in 2012 by Tiki Barber (New York Giants), Mark Gerson (GLG), and Jared Augustine (GrubHub/Seamless).

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