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Next Up For Tiki: ‘The Thinking Man’s Football Book’

tiki_fox_friends.jpgTiki Barber, freshly-retired NFL star running back and self-professed prince-in-training of the New York media scene, is set to publish his autobiography &#151 at the ripe age of 31. The lucky publisher? Simon Spotlight Entertainment, an imprint of the same Simon & Schuster that publishes the youth sports books penned by Tiki and unretired brother Ronde of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

FishbowlNY spoke with his editor, Tricia Boczkowski, to get Tiki’s backfield pitch (sorry). In addition to cataloging his impressive football achievments, the upcoming book will “absolutely” extend to Tiki’s blossoming media career and aspirations, his various other “off-the-field passions” and the post-NFL challenges ahead.

Apparently, the fact that Tiki’s retiring at the top of his game is not the only draw this book should have for readers. According to Boczkowski, although there are other books by NFL-ers “like T.O. [Terrell Owens]” and others, “the difference here is that Tiki is really smart. You could call him the thinking man’s football player.” Accordingly, this will stand out from the rest as “the thinking man’s football book.”

No offense to T.O. and all those other non-thinking football players, of course.

The book is due September 18.

— Emily Million

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    Tiki Barber: Working Towards Being The Prince Of New York Media

    tiki_fox_friends.jpgSome essential Tiki-isms from the soon-to-be-retired Giants running back in this month’s Gotham magazine:

    Gotham: Ronde has described you as the “King of New York media.” Do you consider that an accurate description?

    Tiki Barber: I wouldn’t say I’m the king. I dabble a lot, and I’m working towards being, maybe … a prince.

    G: You already appear on the TV show Fox & Friends once a week. Are you thinking about another morning show?

    TB: I think a morning show suits my personality more so than an evening news show.

    G: What’s next for you? More sportscasting?

    TB: No-well, probably some. But [I plan to] mostly work outside of the sports arena. We’re talking to all the major networks: ABC, NBC, FOX…

    Wow. So, Tiki, what are the major networks gonna get?

    G: Are we going to see a new side of you, one we haven’t seen before?

    TB: You’ve seen it all.

    That, Tiki, could be the problem. But hey, at least Tiki knows what it takes to be a journalist:

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