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Tiki's Cadillac commercial

Tiki Barber and wife Ginny met while students at Univ. of Virginia

Tiki Barber is a stud. He's a top running back for the New York Giants and a graduate of University of Virginia. He's a good-looking guy (him and his twin bro, Ronde came in at #17 in UE's best looking athletes list) who dresses even better (oftentimes European suits and windsor tie knots). He lives in a Manhattan condo. He's married, has two kids and writes illustrated children's books. He's also well-spoken and has that Magic Johnson-type million dollar smile.

And at 31 years old, he retired from the NFL at the top of his game. Rick Reilly of SI summed it up best:
Tiki Barber has his money, his memories and most of his cartilage. What he doesn't seem to have is the right to live his own life.

"When I get home from work," says Barber, "my [two- and four-year-old] kids come running at me. They make me get on my knees, and we play tackle football. On replacement knees, that's not happening. I saw this video of O.J. Simpson once, and his kids came running at him and he couldn't even pick them up. So I can see that if I play three or four more years, like everybody wants me to, that could be me. But when I'm 50 years old, and I'm having trouble just getting down the stairs, will they be cheering for me then?

Good for him. And now he'll pursue broadcasting...not just sports broadcasting. Check out Tiki in this Cadillac commercial (scroll down to the first one, but watch all three). It's very urban and right up UE's alley in terms of the beat in the background (the song Ocio by Melikka is fresh) and the style of it.

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