|Historical Stats & Info
|"It is the most important victory of my career." -- Head Coach Dick Voris, after the
Hoos’ 15-12 victory over Duke on September 27, 1958. Voris finished his UVA career
with a record of 1-29.
|"We've stopped recruiting young men who want to come here to be students first and
athletes second." -- Former Virginia head coach Sonny Randle, describing his strategy
for turning around UVA's football program
|"As the score mounted, to 20-0 and finally 26-0, his movements slowed. With two
minutes to go and South Carolina threatening once more, Voris stood behind several
rows of substitutes, staring at his shoes." -- Sports Illustrated, describing Coach Voris’
stellar coaching performance during the Hoos’ 26-0 loss to South Carolina in 1960
|"Really, Texas wasn't as good as I thought they'd be." -- Ted Manly, Virginia's
freshman quarterback, after Texas had spanked the Hoos 68-0
|Canton Calling: 21 Reasons Why Tiki Barber Is a Hall of Famer
|Currently, there are two former Hoos in the Pro Football Hall of Fame - "Bullet" Bill
Dudley, Virginia's first All-American, who was inducted in 1966, and former Packer great
Henry Jordan, who was inducted in 1995. (As an aside, Virginia Tech only has one
player in the Hall of Fame. I'm just saying.)
Anyway, the Hall of Fame ceremony a few weeks back included the long-overdue
induction of Floyd Little, the multi-faceted running back out of Syracuse who played his
entire nine-season career with the Denver Broncos. Little could do it all - he was a threat
as a runner, receiver, and returner, finishing his career with over 12,000 all-purpose
yards and 54 touchdowns.
Looking over Little's stats got me to wondering...what are Tiki Barber's chances of
becoming the third Virginia player to make the Hall of Fame? After tooling around on the
interwebs a bit, the general consensus appears to be that Tiki's chances are not...good.
Well, after crunching the numbers and digging deeeeep into the minutiae (a
HoosFootball.com specialty), I'm here to drop some knowledge on all you haters out
there. So without further ado, I present to you HoosFootball.com's 21 Reasons Why Tiki
Barber Is a Hall of Famer.
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Reason #1: In 2005, Barber rushed for 1,860 yards, second-most in the NFL to Shaun
Alexander, who finished with 1,880 yards. Barber's rushing total included three games
of 200+ yards, making him just the third player in NFL history to have three 200-yard
rushing games in a season. (O.J. Simpson had three such games in 1973, and Earl
Campbell had 4 in 1980.) Barber's 1,860 yards rank 12th on the NFL's single-season
rushing list and would have led the league in 64 of the previous 72 seasons. Barber
also finished in the top-5 in rushing yards in 2004 (5th) and 2006 (4th), and he finished
in the top-10 in 2002 (7th).
Reason #3: Barber led the NFL in yards from scrimmage (rushing yards + receiving
yards) in 2004 and 2005. He also finished in the top-5 in yards from scrimmage in 2002
(4th) and 2006 (5th), and he finished in the top-10 in 2000 (8th).
Reason #4: In 2005, Barber racked up 2,309 yards from scrimmage (1,860 rushing, 530
receiving), becoming the first player in NFL history to finish with more than 1,800 rushing
yards and 500 receiving yards in the same season. At the time, Barber’s 2,309 yards
from scrimmage were the second-most in NFL history, trailing only Marshall Faulk's
2,429 yards in 1999. Furthermore, Barber has four of the top-60 seasons on the NFL's
single season yards from scrimmage list. Only three other players have four seasons
that rank in the top-60: Hall of Famers Walter Payton and Eric Dickerson, and future Hall
of Famer Marshall Faulk.
Reason #5: Barber led the NFL in all-purpose yards (rushing yards + receiving yards +
return yards) in 2005. He also finished in the top-5 in all-purpose yards in 2000 (5th)
and 2004 (2nd), and he finished in the top-10 in 2001 (9th), 2002 (6th), and 2006 (7th).
Yeah, I just completely made this up. There really aren't many articles out there
discussing Tiki's HOF chances. I mean, he's not even eligible for another two years. But
all the other information presented here is true. As far as you know.
I did not include punt and kickoff returns when calculating the total number of touches for
each player. Had I done so, Barber's average would look even better – one fumble every
Reason #19: During the ten-year period from 1997, his rookie year, through his final
season in 2006, Barber:
Reason #21: Barber did not stick around simply to pad his statistics. In fact, the exact
opposite is true - Barber retired when he was at his absolute peak:
|Reason #16: Barber had four seasons with 1,900 or more yards from scrimmage. In
the history of the NFL, only one player has had more such seasons - Walter Payton, who
Reason 17: Barber finished his career with an average of 101.5 yards from scrimmage
per game, which ranks 5th in NFL history among players who have played at least 150
games. The four players ahead of Barber are all current or future Hall of Famers: Barry
Sanders (118.9 yards per game), Walter Payton (111.9), Marshall Faulk (108.8), and
Curtis Martin (103.8).
|Reason #20: During the seven-year period from 2000, when he became the Giants'
primary ball carrier, through his final season in 2006, Barber:
|Reason #18: In the history of the NFL, only three players have amassed 10,000+
rushing yards, 500+ receptions, and 5,000+ receiving yards – Hall of Famer Marcus
Allen, future Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, and Barber.