Tiki Barber Plans To Unretire, Play In 2011

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — After four years in retirement, former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber is looking to get back into the NFL.

It won’t be with the Giants, though.

The Giants acknowledged on Tuesday that the 35-year-old Barber has asked to be taken off the reserve-retirement list and that they will release him once the league allows it. Teams cannot make roster moves during the current extension of the CBA talks.

Barber is the Giants’ career rushing leader with 10,449 yards, 22nd best in league history.

SI.com first reported that Barber filed paperwork with the NFL to end his retirement.

“We wish Tiki nothing but the best, and when we are able to make the transaction, we will release him from our reserve-retired list,” the Giants said.

Barber retired after the 2006 season, the year before the Giants’ stunning Super Bowl win over the previously undefeated New England Patriots. He had two years left on his contract when he left the game for a job in television, so the Giants still hold his rights.

Barber his second career with NBC fizzled and he did not help himself with New York metropolitan area fans, criticizing coach Tom Coughlin and former teammate Eli Manning, saying the quarterback lacked some leadership skills.

Barber was booed by fans this past season when Giants unveiled their ring of honor in their new $1.6 billion stadium.

In its report, SI.com said Barber reportedly left his wife of 11 years, Ginny, for 23-year-old Traci Johnson, a former NBC intern. Ginny was eight months pregnant at the time. Soon after, NBC cited its morals clause and terminated Barber’s contract, which reportedly paid him more than $300,000 per year.

In June 2010, the New York Post reported Barber was broke and couldn’t pay his divorce settlement with his ex-wife.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. KEITH F says:

    THE NFL OUT TO STAR AN ALL UN RETIRED TEAM .FARVE,TIKI,BOOMER,TO START

  2. KEITH F says:

    I GUESS THIS COMMENT BOX IS CENSORED.I DIDN’T WRITE ANY THING BAD. JUST MY OPINION.

  3. JEFFIE JOHNSON says:

    HE SHOULD GO TO DALLAS & PLAY FOR UNCLE JERRY’S BOYZ.THEN HE COULD CRITICIZE TONY HOMO WHEN HE CRIES

  4. KEITH F says:

    TIKI “FARVE” BARBER IS BROKE & UNHAPPY.NO RING,& TV FAILED.HIS ATTITUDE PROBLEMS & SWELLED HEAD WILL KEEP HIM FROM THE G-MEN,BUT THE JETS WILL ROLL OUT THE GREEN CARPET.I HOPE HE GETS HIS BELL RUNG.LOVE TO SEE THE O-LINE STEP ASIDE & LET HIM GET HIS CLOCK CLEANED LIKE THE MEAN MACHINE DID TO BURT REYNOLDS & LATER ADAM SANDLER.BESIDES,HE’D LOOK FUNNY IN GREEN……MAYBE PHILLY,OR THE RAIDERS WILL GIVE HIM A SHOT.

  5. Tom says:

    LOL, this is funny😛

    1. Marty says:

      Not so funny when you consider that Tiki “corrected” his fumblitice while Bradshaw and Brandon still handle the ball like it’s a greased turkey.

      Second. If Tiki wasn’t so quick and wasn’t so agile and wasn’t the best we’ve had, then why is he the All Time Leader on our team?

      Not so fun to see him sign with Tampa Bay (his brother’s team) and line up against us someday soon.

  6. Robert says:

    The Farve disease is spreading…..egomania cured by embarrassment

  7. Ron says:

    On Tuesday 8th March 2011, @giantspathanlon said:

    #NYG on Tiki Barber: “We wish Tiki nothing but the best, and when we are able to make the transaction, we will release him from our reserve/retired list.

  8. BrooklynRichie says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, Maybe the Jets will sign him.

  9. Joey says:

    never got over missing out on that ring

  10. Peter says:

    his ex wife must have taken him to the cleaners

  11. joe k says:

    BIG mistake you missed your opportunity. retire gracefully

  12. tiki's baby mama says:

    get out there and make some real chedda for your baby and baby mama

  13. greg says:

    His girlfriend’s college tuition must be going up.

  14. steve says:

    give me a break! It is all about Him. He never ever be the same.

  15. Glenn says:

    He must be broke…

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