Tiki and Ronde Barber have become two names synonymous with the NFL. Both were born in Roanoke, Virginia on April 7, 1975, and became two of the most renowned twins in professional football – Tiki in Roanoke while Ronde later in Virginia. Both had successful NFL careers before transitioning into successful media personalities.
Tiki Barber: A Standout Running Back
The Early Years and College Career
Atiim Kiambu “Tiki” Barber, the older of the Barber twins, began his journey in football at the University of Virginia. From there, he quickly distinguished himself as an impressive running back, garnering two All-ACC selections and impressing scouts with both his natural talent and tireless work ethic.
Tiki was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the New York Giants, and during his decade-long tenure with them amassed 10,449 yards rushing and 53 touchdowns while also collecting 563 receptions totaling 4,933 yards, notching 14 more scores along the way.
Life After Football
Tiki Barber retired from professional football in 2006, yet his athletic career continued in another form: media analysis for NFL Network and CBS Sports as well as co-hosting “Tiki and Tierney” show on WFAN radio station in New York City. Tiki also ventured into writing, publishing a memoir and several children’s books.
Ronde Barber: A Cornerstone of Buccaneers’ Defense
Ronde Barber was seven minutes younger than his older sibling but still earned two All-ACC selections and emerged as an NFL Draft prospect.
Stellar NFL Career
Ronde was selected in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay Buccaneers as cornerback, making a name for himself as an outstanding performer, being honored with five Pro Bowl selections and three All-Pro nods during a remarkable career that included contributing significantly towards their Super Bowl XXXVII victory by returning an interception for a touchdown during championship game play!
Ronde Barber may have retired from professional football in 2013, yet his legacy lives on through broadcast commentary and analysis of football games and other sports-related programs. Thanks to this work, Ronde was honored by induction into both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor as well as being named as a finalist multiple times for Pro Football Hall of Fame consideration.
The Barber Brothers: An Indelible Legacy
Tiki and Ronde Barber have left indelible marks on professional football through their talent, hard work, and devotion. Not just twin brothers playing NFL together; rather they were two of its most accomplished players of their era whose impactful plays have left an indelible imprint on this world of professional football. The Barber brothers’ journey from playing field to broadcast studio is proof that athletes can leave an everlasting legacy; Tiki and Ronde Barber certainly made their mark!