Ex NFL Great Tiki Barber To Be Honorary Grand Marshal At NYC Israel Parade

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I may not be too familar with the NFL (Aussie Rules football forever, for this ex-pat Aussie), but I do recognize a mensch.

Tiki Barber at the recent Jerusalem marathon

Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber will be an honorary grand marshal of the Celebrate Israel Parade in Manhattan on Sunday.

Barber says in a statement Tuesday that Israel “holds a very special place” in his heart.

In 2005, Barber went to Israel as the guest of then Vice Premier Shimon Peres, whom he’d met at a New York restaurant. The NFL veteran joined efforts of the Peres Peace Center to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

The player-turned-analyst made his second visit in March. Barber was a guest of the Israel Tourism Ministry and ran in the Jerusalem Marathon.

Tiki will be joined by none other than The Batman!

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An Aussie immigrant to Israel, David Lange is founder and managing editor of Israellycool. He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and single malt whisky.