When Tiki Barber retired, it was a decision questioned by many. It was thought that he had a lot left to give on the field despite the golden path he was given to broadcasting. The critics may have been proven right as the New York Giants won the Super Bowl the year after he left and he was chastised for criticism of his former players. It is too bad that is what he is known for now, as during his prime he was one of the best Running Backs of the game.
Tiki Barber didn’t start off as a superstar. He was brought into the NFL by the Giants with the hope that he could occasionally befuddle defenses with his unique cut backs. The man who many thought of only as a third down back would become the workhorse of the New York Giants’ offense for years and was the only shining light on some dismal campaigns in Gotham.
Tiki was not just a star when his Giants were bad, but was equally effective on their good seasons. He shocked the sporting world by his early retirement, and based on recent news reports, he appears to be ready to shock them again by a potential return. Had he not retired prematurely, many signs point to Tiki Barber racking up the statistics necessary to reach Canton. He may have placed himself forever on the bubble because of it.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.A.
New York Giants
2nd Round, 36th Overall in 1997
Major Accolades and Awards:
Pro Bowl Selections (3) (2004, 2005 & 2006)
First Team All Pro Selection (1) (2005)
Second Team All Pro Selection (2) (2002 & 2004)
Most Yards from Scrimmage (2) (2004 & 2005)
Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards (4) (2002, 2004, 2005 & 2006)
Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Touchdowns (3) (2002, 2004 & 2005)
Top Ten Finishes: Yards/Rushing Attempt (6) (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 & 2006)
Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards/Game (4) (2002, 2004, 2005 & 2006)
Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (1) (2004)
Top Ten Finishes: Yards from Scrimmage (5) (2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 & 2006)
Top Ten Finishes: All Purpose Yards (6) (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 & 2006)
Notable All Time Rankings:
12. All Purpose Yards: 17,357
12. Yards from Scrimmage: 15,632
22. Rushing Yards: 10,449
43. Rushing Yards/Game: 67.9
47. Rushing Touchdowns: 55
92. Touchdowns: 68
Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame:Never