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Tiki Barber, was born on April 7, 1975 in Roanoke, Virginia). Barber is a sports broadcaster, author, and former NFL running back for the New York Giants. He is the identical twin brother of Ronde Barber, a cornerback who plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Barber was a correspondent on NBC's 4th hour of The Today Show with Ann Curry and Hoda Kotb.
Tiki Barber retired from the NFL at the end of the 2006 NFL postseason as the franchise's all-time rushing and reception leader. On February 13, 2007, he was formally introduced as a correspondent for NBC's Today Show and Football Night in America/Sunday Night Football.
On September 18, 2007, Tiki 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, to be released on November 13, 2008 by Gotham Books, reveals Barber's intensive lifting program. The book is coauthored by his trainer, Joe Carini.
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 but the news still came as a shock to Giants fans and NFL observers.
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. He also spoke of his keen interest in pursuing a broadcasting career and other opportunities.
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." He officially filed his retirement papers with the Players Association on February 12, 2007, while the Giants went on to win Super Bowl XLII the year after Barber retired.
After retiring from the NFL, Tiki Barber began a second career as a television broadcaster. Barber immediately landed a multi-faceted role with NBC in which he contributes to the landmark Today program, covers sports for NBC Sports, and hosts 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. This came after a competition for his services was waged between ABC, FOX, NFL, and NBC. As a Today correspondent, Barber anchors lifestyle segments and reports on news stories. He is rumored to be a potential long-term candidate for Matt Lauer's co-host position when Lauer retires in 2011.
Barber is unique 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.
While still an NFL player, Tiki 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.
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. He also has used his celebrity to endorse Cadillac (appearing in a commercial) and address audiences as a paid motivational speaker by Greater Talent Network. Tiki will also be featured in the John Madden franchise.
Barber lives in New York City with his wife, fellow University of Virginia alumna Ginny Cha, whom he married on May 15, 1999. They have two sons.
Tiki Barber is a supporter of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and received the Spirit of Hope Award at the 12th annual "Friends for Life" Fall Gala on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich.
Barber has authored five illustrated children books with his brother Ronde Barber.