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Rating the Rookies
December 17, 2007
Tiki Barber NBC's Football Night in America
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December 17, 2007

Rating The Rookies

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Tiki Barber
NBC's Football Night in America


Keyshawn Johnson
ESPN's Sunday and Monday NFL Countdowns


[ Tiki Barber]After characterizing former teammate and Giants QB Eli Manning's leadership as "comical," says Barber, "the amount of criticism I got ... I couldn't believe it." Even Eli shot back, saying that Tiki's NBC work "seemed rehearsed, kind of like his pregame speeches."

[ Keyshawn Johnson]"Once I couldn't recall what team Dallas had played," Johnson says. "I had to ask [on air], 'What was that team?'" He did, he says, "work on my timing." And when Mike Ditka picked the Bears to lose in Week 12, Keyshawn ad-libbed, "You just lost money at your [ Chicago steak] restaurant."


[ Tiki Barber]"I'd tell my former colleagues, 'Be prepared [if you do this]. It's hard work. You don't actually just show up and talk about whatever you want.'"

[ Keyshawn Johnson]"You can't worry about people's feelings. Many players [after being criticized on air by Keyshawn] have been like, 'Dawg, that's not cool; I thought we were boys.'"


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