Tiki Barber Named to CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame
March 27, 2014
Austin, Texas – Former Virginia football standout Tiki Barber has been named as one of five inductees to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® Hall of Fame, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The five new inductees join 127 members of the Capital One Academic All-America® Hall of Fame, which was created in 1988. They will be inducted into the Academic All-America® Hall of Fame on Monday, June 9, at CoSIDA’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla. It is the organization’s Fifth Annual Capital One Hall of Fame Ceremony, which will be part of the annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Convention for a second straight year.
The other members of this year’s Capital One Academic All-America® Hall of Fame class include Florida State standout linebacker Derrick Brooks, who will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame later this year, California gymnast Dr. Sigall Bell, USC football back Dick Nunis and Bentley soccer star Terry Carleton.
A native of Roanoke, Va., Barber was a two-time Academic All-America® selection in 1995 and 1996 while playing tailback for Virginia. He earned a degree in commerce with a concentration in management information systems in 1997.
Barber rushed for 3,389 yards and amassed 4,869 all-purpose yards during his time in a Cavalier uniform, a total that includes 31 rushing touchdowns and a 5.2 yards per carry career average.
He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year and the ACC’s overall MVP in 1996 after amassing 1,360 rushing yards and visiting the end zone on 14 occasions. Over the course of his final two collegiate campaigns he rushed for 2,757 yards and 28 scores while collecting 3,765 all-purpose yards. As a junior, Barber led Virginia to a share of the ACC championship and a Peach Bowl victory over Georgia. During his career the Wahoos won 32 games.
Barber earned All-ACC honors in 1995 and 1996 and was named to the ACC 50th-Anniversary Team in 2002. The ACC honored him as one of its Football Legends in 2008. He was the first player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons, setting the top two single-season school records in 1995 and 1996 of 1,397 and 1,360 yards, respectively. Barber rushed for 100 yards or more 19 times during his college career, a school record. Barber was also a three-time letterwinner for the UVa track and field program.
Taken in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft, Barber rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2000 and led the New York Giants to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXV. He finished his career as the Giants’ all-time leader with 10,499 rushing yards. He ran for more than 1,000 yards in six of his final seven seasons, was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2004, ’05 and ’06 and ended his playing career as one of three NFL players to rush for 10,000 yards and have 5,000 receiving yards.
During his final NFL regular-season game, he rushed for 234 yards in a victory over the Washington Redskins, setting a franchise record and helping the Giants clinch a berth in the playoffs. From 2003-2006, Barber gained the most yards from scrimmage by any NFL running back in that four-year period. Barber was the first player in NFL history with 1,800 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in one season.
Barber shined with his twin brother Ronde, who played all 16 seasons of his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the two have co-authored eight children’s books together.
Barber has enjoyed a successful career in broadcasting since his retirement from the Giants, and is currently a morning host for CBS Sports Radio. He has worked with numerous charitable ventures including: Verizon Literacy Campaign, Fresh Air Fund, Robin Hood Foundation and the Children’s Miracle Network, Children’s Cancer and Blood Foundation, National Forest Foundation, Starlight Children’s Foundation, National Children’s Dental Health Month, D.A.R.E., the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the United Hospital Fund.
He has served as the host for the annual “Tiki Barber Rocks the Square” fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network and was chairman and co-founder of Tiki Ventures which developed business opportunities in real estate, entertainment, sports marketing and media that reinforce his values with an emphasis on giving back through community involvement, humanitarian aid and educational programs that benefit people living in underserved communities.
In October of 2006, he teamed with his brother Ronde to make a $1 million donation to the University of Virginia campaign fund. Barber has served on the UVa Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council.
About CoSIDa and the Academic All-America® Program
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), now in its 58th year, was founded in 1957-making it the second oldest management association in intercollegiate athletics. Today, it is a vibrant 2,800-plus member national association comprised of the sports public relations, communications and information professionals throughout all levels of collegiate athletics in the United States and Canada.
CoSIDA has two primary missions: 1) Help the communications and media relations professionals at all collegiate levels with professional development and continuing education as it relates to strategically dealing in an effective manner with the various issues, challenges and opportunities that now exist within the fast-paced and ever-changing communications environment. 2) Play a significant leadership and resource role (i.e. “Strategic Communicators for College Athletics”) within the overall enterprise of collegiate athletics.
CoSIDA founded in the mid 1950’s the highly regarded “Academic All-America®” program, unquestionably viewed as the premier awards program in intercollegiate athletics for honoring combined academic and athletic excellence. CoSIDA, which became an affiliated partner with NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) in December of 2008, continues to fully manage and administer that program today.