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161. Tiki Barber

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 cutbacks.  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.

Should Tiki Barber be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 46.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 25.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.8%
No opinion. - 1.4%
No way! - 10.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 2012
  • Position: Running Back
  • Games Played: 154
  • Notable Statistics: 2,217 Rushing Attempts
    10,449 Rushing Yards
    55 Rushing Touchdowns
    586 Receptions
    5,183 Receiving Yards
    12 Receiving Touchdowns
    122 Punts
    1,181 Punting Yards
    1 Punting Touchdown
    27 Kick Returns
    544 Kick Return Yards
    0 Pass Completions
    1 Pass Attempt
    122 Approximate Value

    7 Playoff Games
    120 Rushing Attempts
    475 Rushing Yards
    1 Rushing Touchdown
    26 Receptions
    196 Receiving Yards
    2 Punt Returns
    13 Punt Return Yards
    2 Kick Returns
    34 Kick Return Yards
  • Played For: New York Giants
  • College: Virginia
  • Drafted: 2nd Round, 36th Overall in 1997
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Super Bowl Rings (None)
    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)
    Most All-Purpose Yards (1) (2005)
    Highest Approximate Value (1) (2005)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (3) (2004, 2005 & 2006)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards (4) (2002, 2004, 2005 & 2006)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Touchdowns (3) (2002, 2004 & 2005)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Rushing Attempt (6) (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 & 2006)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards per Game (4) (2002, 2004, 2005 & 2006)
    Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (1) (2004)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punt Returns (3) (1999, 2000 & 2001)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punt Return Yards (1) (1999)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Punt Return (1) (1999)
    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: 15.    Yards from Scrimmage: 15,632
    17.    All-Purpose Yards: 17,357
    20.    Yards per Rushing Attempt: 4.7
    27.    Rushing Yards: 10,449
    33.    Rushing Attempts: 2,217
    52.    Rushing Yards per Game: 67.9
    63.    Rushing Touchdowns: 55
    98.    Receptions: 586
    100.  Yards per Punt Return: 9.7

Should Tiki Barber be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 46.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 25.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.8%
No opinion. - 1.4%
No way! - 10.3%
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