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Tiki Barber

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Former New York Giants running back, Tiki Barber joins the show. The former Virginia Cavalier was drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft, and played his entire ten-year professional career for the team. 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 Hall of Fame in 2011. Barber finished his career with 10,449 rushing yards which ranks 27th all-time. He is one of just 31 running backs to rush for over 10,000 yards in a career. This was despite the fact that Barber didn't become the Giants' starting running back until the year 2000, his fourth year in the league. Once he became the starter, he rushed for at least 1,000 yards in six of his final seven seasons with the lone year being in 2001, in which he only played in 14 games, but still managed to rush for 865 yards. Barber had three seasons in which he averaged over five yards per carry (2001, 2005, 2006) and only got better as he got older. Barber averaged 1,680 yards in his final three seasons and finished each year with over 2,000 scrimmage yards. He is one of just three running backs in NFL history to accomplish that feat in three consecutive seasons. Despite not taking off till later in his career, he also currently holds 22 Giants' Franchise records. Following his playing career, Barber became a national media presence, notably joining NBC's Today Show as a correspondent in 2007 and Football Night In America/Sunday Night Football. He has published multiple books including a series of children books about him and his identical twin brother, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Rhonde Barber. Tiki Barber was also involved in Olympics coverage in 2008 and 2010. During his football career, he had a political talk radio show that featured guests such as John McCain. Barber has made many cameos in TV shows and even acted in a Broadway play, Kinky Boots, during a limited run from January 21, 2019 until March 3 of that year. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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