Jordin Sparks Gets NFL Backing

04/06/2007 at 04:35 PM EDT

Jordin Sparks Gets NFL Backing
FOX; NBC
Talk about momentum: This week final 8 contestant Jordin Sparks was among the top 3 on elimination night, and now, it turns out she's got a Giant fan in Tiki Barber on her side.

Jordin and the NFL star-turned-Today show correspondent (his gig starts April 16) actually go waaay back. "I played with her father, Phillippe Sparks, about eight, ten years ago," says Barber. "He was the cornerback. I remember Jordin when she was a little girl at the Giants games." Seems Jordin remembers Tiki, too. Barber tells us: "I saw an interview that she did and she said her favorite player was me! It's interesting how life brings itself back around ten years later."

Interesting, sure, but doesn't he need to be hitting phones on Tuesday nights to vote for his old teammate's daughter? "I know, right? I really do," he says. "Maybe I'll get all my friends to vote for her, too."

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