Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Tiki Barber coming out of retirement?
After an unceremonious and abrupt end to his NFL career, former all-pro running back Tiki Barber confirmed via twitter that he will be making a comeback to the NFL at age 36. He is the Giants all-time rushing leader. Barber retired in 2006 after straining his relationship with the New York Giants organization. He would go on to become a football analyst for NBC and made disparaging comments about his former head coach Tom Coughlin and QB Eli Manning. The Tiki and Eli saga played out publicly as both lashed out at each other various times during 2007.
After his retirement Barber made the successful transition onto T.V as NBC's correspondent for "The Today Show" and "Football night in America/Sunday Night Football". He also was the host of NBC's pre-show for the 66th annual Golden Globe awards with former "Dancing with the Stars" champion Brooke Burke. Barber also published a book titled "My life and the game beyond".
Barber led the league with 1,662 yards in his last year in the league. He has been rumored to want to play with his brother Ronde Barber and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I will say that Tiki was a great running back in his prime, but this will be almost impossible for him to comeback and be effective at age 36. Most running backs are not around at his age but maybe because he took a few years off he can pull this off. I question his motivation also behind such a change of heart move. This is a guy who said he wanted nothing to do with football anymore as an analyst for NBC. Could this be financially motivated? Barber was due $9.3 million when he retired in 2006.
What do you all think about Tiki's return?