Tiki Barber Trades His Escalade for a MetroCard

BarberH.standard.jpgIn a segment on NBC’s "Football Night in America" last night, the network’s NFL desk anchors and commentators were asked what they’ve done to "green their routines." While Jerome Bettis uses the cold setting for laundry and Keith Olbermann forgoes bottled water, Cris Collinsworth said he is walking to the studio every Sunday, and former New York Giant and Cadillac Escalade pitchman Tiki Barber announced that he has taken to transit.

From the NBC web site:

Tiki Barber: Doesn’t drive anymore, and no longer takes taxis. When he travels for
work, he rents a hybrid vehicle. Relies on mass transit while in New
York City — buses and the subway. And he’s found that taking mass
transit is more efficient than driving or taking a cab.

Collinsworth and Barber join fellow sports stars Sean Avery (and teammates), Cliff Lee, and several Baltimore Orioles in car-free commuting. How about it, Jeter?

Note to Tiki and Cris: Streetfilms would love to film your commute. Contact Clarence if you’re up for it.

Photo: NBC

  • Mr. Cool

    Tiki may not have a SuperBowl ring, but if he really is taking mass transit he has done a far better thing for this world. Nicely done Tiki.

  • mike

    I saw tiki at lex/63rd on the f a month ago.

  • Michael

    It looks like Tiki has actually always been a subway man, at least since 2001:

    “RM: Do you ride the subway?

    TB: I do. If the subway is crowded, no one really notices me because they are so busy seeing about themselves. Occasionally, when it’s empty, someone will recognize me and say something like, “Aren’t you the running back?'”

    (http://www.sptimes.com/News/012101/SuperBowl2001/Tiki_Barber__Life_is_.shtml)

    People get paid a lot of money to do ads like the Escalade series, but funny to think that all the while he was avoiding the real “pain in the butt” of driving in New York streets. Perhaps he could atone for those commercials by doing some free work for MTA.

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