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Tiki Barber Will Give Ross School's MLK Day Address

1/4/2008 --

Ex-gridiron great will discuss his life after football and the influence of Martin Luther King.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Former NFL star and current NBC correspondent Tiki Barber will deliver the Ross School of Business' Martin Luther King Day lecture at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the University of Michigan's Rackham Auditorium.

Barber's talk, "Character Isn't an Audible: Growth with Integrity," will focus on the former New York Giant's life after football and how he has incorporated into his own life the principles espoused by Martin Luther King. The lecture is free to the public and no tickets are required.

"We are extremely pleased and honored that Tiki Barber will join us for the Ross School's MLK Day celebration this year," said Robert Dolan, dean of the Ross School of Business. "Tiki's record of leadership and accomplishment on the football field has long been recognized. Even during his career, though, he has worked to have a positive impact on society. Now, as he focuses more on the business world, his concern for society is evident in his initiatives."

Barber enjoyed a 10-year, Hall-of-Fame-caliber career as a running back for the Giants, retiring after the 2006 season. He then joined NBC in early 2007 as a correspondent for the "Today" show and as an analyst for "Football Night in America." He also co-hosts a satellite radio program, "The Barber Shop," with his twin brother, Ronde.

In addition to his former career on the gridiron and his current work in broadcasting, Barber devotes great amounts of time to community service. He is a staunch supporter of literacy campaigns, and has co-authored with his brother four successful children's books and is under contract to write three young-adult novels.

Barber serves as a board member for the Children's Miracle Network and the Fresh Air Fund, and as a member of the Leadership Council of the Robin Hood Foundation. He and his brother also have donated $1 million to their alma mater, the University of Virginia.

Recently, Barber launched Tiki Ventures, which pursues business opportunities in real estate, entertainment, sports marketing and media with an emphasis on "giving back" through community involvement, humanitarian aid and educational programs that benefit the economically disadvantaged.

Last month, he announced a partnership between Tiki Ventures and The Related Companies to develop high-quality, affordable housing throughout the United States. Related was founded and is headed by Ross School benefactor Stephen M. Ross.

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847,