In case you don’t get the obscure literary reference in the title, it’s a mutation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic Jungle Books story about a mongoose named “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.” Enter Tiki Barber, who reminds you of Nag, the fictional cobra who approaches you as a pal only to strike when you least expect.
Tiki Barber says failures off the field after his retirement from football in 2006 led to a yearlong bout with depression.
Tiki Barber is at it again. In the same issue of Sports Illustrated that added fuel to Mets owner Fred Wilpon’s firestorm, the comeback-kid running back compares himself to one of the most renowned victims of the Holocaust.
L. Jon Wertheim is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and he wrote the piece on Tiki Barber where the former Giants running back made a comparison of his life, post-football, to that of Anne Frank’s in Nazi Germany.
Barber said in an interview Thursday that he made “a lot of money” when he was playing and working in television. He insists he now needs a goal, “something to focus on and be excited about.”
Former Giants sack machine Michael Strahan joined WFAN’s Boomer & Carton on Wednesday morning to break down the NFL lockout, Tiki Barber’s comeback and… Regis Philbin?
Tiki Barber may have plenty of detractors among Giants fans and ex-teammates, but don’t count Lawrence Taylor as one of them.
Tiki Barber has the bona fides of a broadcast star and football legend. Yet he managed to become neither, thanks to his colossal arrogance, foolishness, and infidelity.
The warning for months from union officials to NFL players has been simple: Save your paychecks because the future is uncertain. Another warning should come with it, and be passed along to Tiki Barber: Remember that nothing lasts forever.
It’s obvious the Giants aren’t interested in hosting Tiki Barber’s comeback attempt. But there might be a taker out there, and according to the New York Post, “there could be something down the line with Barber and the Steelers.”
Does Tiki Barber still have what it takes to absorb the NFL’s weekly grind? “He keeps coming every day, we’re going to get it done,” Barber’s trainer, Joe Carini, told the NY Post.
From 1997-2006, Tiki Barber was the face of the Giants. His powerful legs and cutback ability made him the catalyst of the offense. A broad smile made him one of the poster boys of New York metropolitan area sports. Then it all changed.
Tiki Barber has alerted the NFL that he plans to come out of retirement and play in the 2011 season, sources close to the former Giants running back said Tuesday.
When judging the caliber of a fantasy football player, qualities which lead to NFL team success, such as attitude, leadership, and teamwork, are undeniably and utterly useless.
Has the behavior of professional athletes always been at this magnitude in sports and our society, but just not brought out to the open, or are our values just deteriorating?