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Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Tiki Barber visits Virginia legislature

By Rosalind S. Helderman

Football star Tiki Barber made an appearance at the Virginia General Assembly on Monday, part of the lineup of Virginia sports heroes honored with induction into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame this year.

Barber grew up in Roanoke and played football for the University of Virginia. Other honorees include NBA star Johnny Newman and Olympic swimming gold medalist Jeff Rouse.

Legislators acted pretty much as you would expect in the presence of Barber -- that is, they crowded around the former Giant and posed for photos in the well of the state Senate after formally approving the resolution.

"I'll bet this will be the first time I'll be on the cover of the sports pages," said Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who presides over the Senate, as he made his way to be part of a group photo.

Noting that he had never personally been so close to Barber, Bolling cracked, "I think I might be able to take him, if I could catch him."

Then he added, "I want to let you know how much pain you have caused me over the years as you have picked apart my beloved Washington Redskins."

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 24, 2011; 12:56 PM ET
 
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