Giants’ Eli Manning: Give Me Plaxico Burress Over Tiki Barber

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Consider Eli Manning on the record. When it comes to former Giants on the comeback trail, Manning would rather be reunited with Plaxico Burress than Tiki Barber.

“Probably Plaxico,” Manning said during an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” Monday. “He has probably fonder memories, winning a Super Bowl, that catch for the touchdown in Super Bowl XLII.”

Burress has enjoyed Manning’s support since just before his release from prison on a gun charge earlier this month.

Barber, on the other hand, criticized the quarterback on television shortly after his retirement, saying Manning’s attempts to lead the team were at times “comical.”

Tiki just ended on a bad note,” Manning said. “It’s really a shame, he should be remembered as a great Giants running back and a terrific player, because he was, but the way he went out he burned a few bridges. … So I think Plaxico would probably be welcomed back a little quicker.”

Barber’s barbs didn’t sit well with Manning, and before the 2007 season he fired back: “I’m not going to lose any sleep about what Tiki has to say.”

“I responded back and I think guys liked to see that from me,” Manning told Patrick. “I couldn’t just sit there and do nothing.”

The embattled running back responded to his critics during a contentious back-and-forth affair with WFAN’s Mike Francesa on June 22.

“I’m sure it probably has to do with the fact that I criticized Tom Coughlin and he goes and wins a Super Bowl,” Barber said. “Or the conversations that I had about Eli Manning (that) got blown out of proportion. Things like that (where) people felt like I, as someone with knowledge, was attacking somebody that I just left, when it really wasn’t. It was just giving my opinion about things, and I’ve always been opinionated.”

Giants fans: who would you rather have, Plax or Tiki? Sound off in the comments below…

  • Rakk

    Plax…physically he can still play, Barber will not be a factor in the NFL and he knows it.

  • Chip

    We need Plaxico, he is a NY Giant. We all loved him when he made that touchdown catch in Super Bowl XLII, everyone makes mistakes so lets move on and get Plaxico back in Giants Blue.

  • tellin' it like it is

    if this is the best we can do, we’re in trouble.

  • Glenn

    Why not bring back both of them? I dont feel Tiki said anything that most people werent thinking….and it may have had a lot to do with the way Eli stepped up during the stretch next season…remember, it wasnt until late in the season that Super Bowl year that Eli seemed to throw caution to the winds and play all out…up to that, he was a wuss and proved Tiki right up to that point. Plax is talented player, and can you really have too many good guys on your team?

  • B. Benson

    Plax made a mistake. We all do that. Hopefully’s he’s a better person for what he’s been through. Tiki, on the other hand, is GARBAGE. Not a nice person in any sense of the term. Mean-spirited, totally self-centered. He’s made his bed, now lie in it.

  • Jim

    Tiki carried the balllike it had a white hood on it.

  • Henry


  • Eric DiNapoli

    Tiki was an overrated piece of garbage. He fumbled in every clutch situation.

    • nathan

      Eric – come back to us bro. Tiki turned out to be a real jerk but he was the best offensive player we ever had.

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