Hail to the Redskins
Growing up in Roanoke, VA, Tiki Barber became a huge Washington Redskins fan. Among his fondest memories are those of quarterback Doug Williams and a set of offensive linemen called the “Hogs”.
Back in high school and college, Barber harbored hope that his hometown team would select him in the 1997 NFL Draft. It was not to be, and Barber recalled how the slight propelled him to greater heights against that NFC East rival from the Nation’s Capital. DC’s loss became the Big Apple’s gain.
"“I remember [Redskins’ general manager] Charlie Casserly, when I was getting drafted, came to UVa because we he had bunch of guys, me, my brother, James Farrior, Jaime Sharp on that team, and he said to me: ‘I love you, my kids love you, but we can’t draft you because we have too many running backs’.” “I was like come on! But then I made it a personal vendetta to have great games against the Redskins. And two of my 200 yard games were against the Redskins.”"
According to Pro Football Reference, in his final regular season NFL game on Dec. 30, 2006, Barber rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns as the New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins 34-28 before a nationwide audience on Sunday Night Football.