SI: Your advice to Maurice Clarett.
Barber: I would say, "Wait! Enjoy your college experience,
because the real world, even as an athlete, is complicated and
frustrating. The longer you can have someone take care of you,
SI: What's the secret in being able to be a workhorse back with
your 5'10", 200-pound build?
Barber: Running scared [not literally]. When I see a hit coming,
I [curl up] so my whole body absorbs the blow.
SI: Which athlete do you most admire?
Barber: Andre Agassi. He's consistent, and he's humble in victory
SI: What do Monday mornings feel like?
Barber: I get out of bed real slow, because I'm never sure what
body part is going to trigger a pain response. It's like I do a
systems check with every step I take. Sometimes it's general
soreness. Sometimes my muscles won't fire because the pain won't
SI: You've worked in radio and television. Who's the best NFL
Barber: Ron Jaworski of ESPN. He analyzes plays like a coach
does. It's like he's in our meetings.
SI: If you could have lunch with anyone on the planet you've
never met, who would it be?
Barber: Colin Powell. He's living history, an African-American
and a central figure in some of the most important events of our
time. I wonder if he likes football, or even has time to watch.