Former Virginia running back Tiki Barber was elected to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2011, the school announced yesterday. The Roanoke, Va. native has been inducted to the Virginia High School Hall of Fame, and the University of Virginia has retired his jersey. Last fall, Barber was a part of the New York Giants' inaugural "Ring of Honor."
Hall of Fame President Eddie Webb said, "The Class of 2011 is an example of the quality of athletes and coaches that are being produced across the Commonwealth. Each nominee's resume is recognized on a national or international level proving the point that the State of Virginia is one of the leaders in producing this nation's top competitors."
While at Virginia, Barber was named the ACC Player of the Year as well as a first-team CoSIDA Academic All American in 1996. He is currently the second all-time leading rusher in school history.
Barber was drafted in the second round by the New York Giants, where he spent his entire NFL career, from 1997-2006. From 2002 to 2006, he led the Giants in rushing and became the 22nd player in NFL history to rush for over 10,000 yards.
Barber was selected for three Pro-Bowls (2004, 2005 and 2006), and retired as the Giants' all-time leading receiver, both in receptions (586) and yardage (5,183).
The 40th annual induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center, as the crowning event of Hall of Fame Weekend. Tickets go on sale January 21, 2011. For more information, call (757) 393-8031.