Tiki Barber will be your friend for $1950: Ex-Giant offers flag football and more for a fee

theGRIO REPORT - Ex-New York Giants running back Tiki Barber is charging $1950 for an afternoon of flag football...

Luther Vandross was outed as gay after his death.

Call it a fall from grace — or perhaps a nosedive.

Or maybe a shrewd business move?

Ex-New York Giants running back Tiki Barber is charging $1950 for an afternoon of flag football. As it turns out, flag football is just one of the many activities available for purchase on the website Thuzio.com.

Barber co-founded Thuzio this year as a sort-of ‘concierge-service’ connecting professional athletes with fans or anyone willing to spend money on the ‘trips.’

The company’s tagline is ‘Book An Unforgettable Experience’ — which includes activities with many of Thuzio’s other athlete-clients. Online users can book ‘experiences’ such as ‘dunking’ with John Starks or playing ‘pick-up’ with Tim Hardaway.

The $1950 flag football offer is a specific partnership with UrbanDaddy Enterprises and is only available in the New York region. Here’s an excerpt from the advertisement:

  • Yeah, that Tiki Barber—you may remember him from his 10 illustrious seasons with the New York Giants, his expert commentary during the 2008 Beijing Olympics or his frequent judging sessions on Iron Chef America.
  • Or if flag football isn’t your game: feel free to suggest a different activity. Tiki also excels at badminton and dodgeball. (But you probably don’t want to face him in dodgeball.)

Barber’s life post-retirement has been a bumpy ride. (His former Giants teammate Michael Strahan has fared considerably better.)

Barber’s broadcast career came to an abrupt end with NBC and his attempt at an NFL comeback fell short. (His twin brother Ronde, 37, is still playing at a high-level for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.)

Barber made news earlier this year in July when he wed Traci Lynn Johnson. Johnson was an NBC intern when she met Barber in 2010 — he was a contributing reporter for NBC’s TODAY and NBC Sports.

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