Barber: Mahomes Is MVP; Saquon Is Special

Tiki Barber shared his thoughts on Patrick Mahomes and Saquon Barkley and discussed his upcoming role in "Kinky Boots," a Broadway original

Taz and the Moose
December 13, 2018 - 10:14 am

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Tiki Barber dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Thursday to discuss numerous topics, including Saquon Barkley, Patrick Mahomes, and, yes, his upcoming role in Kinky Boots, a Broadway original.

“Most people don’t know this, but 10, 12 years ago – longer than that – I did a couple of off-Broadway plays,” Barber said on Taz & The Moose. “It was fun. It was something I had never done. Maybe there was a Broadway dream in there at some point, but it kind of just faded. I got busy doing other things. Life comes at you quickly, and it goes away.”

But then it came back.

“My manager has a relationship with a couple of these producers, and they were looking for a specific person, an athlete, to play the role of Don in Kinky Boots,” Barber explained. “They always wanted an athlete to do it. So my name got thrown into the that, and a couple months later, I got offered the role.”

Kinky Boots – the winner of six 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical – opens Jan. 21.

“I’m excited,” Barber said. “It’ll be fun.”

As for football, the former Giants running back shared his thoughts on current Giants running back Saquon Barkley, who is third in the league in rushing (1,124 yards) and fourth among running backs in receiving yards (629). He’s also scored 13 touchdowns (nine rushing, four receiving) for the Giants (5-8), who have won four of five.

“Saquon, early on, the criticism was, ‘The Giants should have taken a quarterback. A running back is a dime a dozen,’” Barber said. “But fast-forward five or six weeks into the season, he started to make these cuts and busting these 50-yard runs and catching 12, 14 passes a game. The game slowed down so quickly for him. It took me like three years to figure this thing out. It took him three weeks. It’s unbelievable.”

Mahomes, meanwhile, has been all sorts of absurd. He leads the NFL in passing yards (4,300) and passing touchdowns (43) entering Thursday night’s game against the Chargers.

“He’s the MVP,” Barber said. “It’s not what I would have thought in his inaugural season – because he didn't play as a rookie. It’s something I’ve never seen before. It’s entertaining. As well as successful, it’s entertaining – and that’s awesome for the game.”