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Man, maybe this (sports.espn.go.com) has been rumored for a while and I just didn't hear it, but this is completely out of left field as far as I know.


    The NFL's leading rusher apparently is contemplating plans to run into retirement after this season.

    The Giants' Tiki Barber, who leads the NFL with 533 rushing yards, told The New York Times that he was "leaning toward" retiring and that he has "pretty much" made up his mind. When asked if anything would make him reconsider, Barber told The Times, "nothing."

    Barber was with his twin brother Ronde at a Manhattan bookstore Tuesday, promoting a children's book the two co-wrote.

    Although, Mark Lepselter, Barber's business agent, told The Times it was possible the running back still could change his mind, he confirmed that Barber's retirement after the season was very possible.


A quote from his agent at the end was especially interesting, though:


    "You do not replace Tiki Barber, he's a Hall of Famer," Accorsi told The Times. "You have to go beyond the statistics to completely appreciate him, but I think he qualifies on numbers alone."


Tiki Barber is a very good player; he has put together two or three great seasons with a few very good ones. Being 20th or so in all-time rushing yards with one Super Bowl may even make him a borderline Hall of Famer, it's hard to say. But I think this guy is overrating Barber. He's only been to the playoffs four times, and in just one of those trips did they manage to win a postseason game (2000, when the Giants got hammered in the Super Bowl).

Anyway, this is a pretty shocking development from a guy at the top of his game.
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Whenever I've heard one of his interviews, he seems to be very intelligent and level-headed. Guys like that know it's better to get out too soon rather than too late.



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This doesn't surprise me at all. It makes me sad, but it's not unexpected. I have listened to a lot of Tiki speaking and he's articulate and smart. I am sure he would like to be able to walk once he retires and if he chooses to retire, he'll still be my all-time favorite player (with Phil Simms the player #2 (not the announcer)).





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My wife & I were watching TV the other night and within the same show, his Direct TV & Cadillac commercials were shown. My wife made the comment that "he seems to be doing alright for himself", to which I replied, "yeah, he's an NFL commentator/analyst waiting to happen" ...

He comes off on TV as someone who makes you wanna give a crap about what he's saying. I could easily see him on the FOX, CBS or NBC pre-game shows.

Heck, let him & Tirico call MNF ... that would be a Godsend.
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    Originally posted by TheBucsFan
    Man, maybe this (sports.espn.go.com) has been rumored for a while and I just didn't hear it, but this is completely out of left field as far as I know.


      The NFL's leading rusher apparently is contemplating plans to run into retirement after this season.

      The Giants' Tiki Barber, who leads the NFL with 533 rushing yards, told The New York Times that he was "leaning toward" retiring and that he has "pretty much" made up his mind. When asked if anything would make him reconsider, Barber told The Times, "nothing."

      Barber was with his twin brother Ronde at a Manhattan bookstore Tuesday, promoting a children's book the two co-wrote.

      Although, Mark Lepselter, Barber's business agent, told The Times it was possible the running back still could change his mind, he confirmed that Barber's retirement after the season was very possible.


    A quote from his agent at the end was especially interesting, though:


      "You do not replace Tiki Barber, he's a Hall of Famer," Accorsi told The Times. "You have to go beyond the statistics to completely appreciate him, but I think he qualifies on numbers alone."


    Tiki Barber is a very good player; he has put together two or three great seasons with a few very good ones. Being 20th or so in all-time rushing yards with one Super Bowl may even make him a borderline Hall of Famer, it's hard to say. But I think this guy is overrating Barber. He's only been to the playoffs four times, and in just one of those trips did they manage to win a postseason game (2000, when the Giants got hammered in the Super Bowl).

    Anyway, this is a pretty shocking development from a guy at the top of his game.





Accorsi isn't his agent, he's the lame duck GM for the Giants.
If Tiki plans on retiring after this season, then Big Blue might as well just run him into the ground now and get everything they can while he's still around. Jacobs has shown some signs of improving from last season, so at least there is someone who can move into the #1 running back spot next season if Tiki retires.
Why though couldn't it be Shockey saying he was going to retire instead of Tiki?
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I thought I have heard him talking retirement since last season though. Being from Washington, we have Alexander but I really liked watching Tiki running the ball and more particularly, how he protected the ball the last 3 years or so. That will be sad when he does retire, if it happens this year.



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