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Sapp, Strahan latest to call out Tiki Barber

Posted on: June 24, 2011 10:03 pm
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

We mentioned it in Hot Routes this afternoon, but we might as well delve into the gory details since there's not much else going on. Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan, former players who now make their living as television analysts, are the latest to say that Tiki Barber should stay retired.

Sapp, who played 13 NFL seasons for the Buccaneers and Raiders, was blunt: “I didn’t think much of him when he did play,” he told Rich Eisen on the aptly named Rich Eisen Podcast. ”I mean that’s the whole point. He was a fumbler all the way through his life, and then all of a sudden, somebody taught him how to hold the ball up high and then he (left the Giants) and said, Eli (Manning) can’t lead them and they’ll never win a championship.

“That kind of lends to who I’m talking about. This is the same guy. This is all encompassed into the same thing. There’s no way you turn your back on your teammates that block for you, that gave you the ball on short fields and did whatever they did. … There’s still no reason for you to attack your teammates.”

Strahan, who played with Barber in New York, was in no hurry to defend his former teammate. “Sapp is 100 percent right,” he said. “Only thing is, if it comes to playing football, he can play.”

And that's the thing, Barber was a tough downhill runner. His biggest issue now, apart from the fact that he's 36 and last played in the NFL in 2006, is that he's not known as a locker room guy.

“I think it plays into the minds of some of the teams that will probably go, ‘Well, he can come in, he can be productive. We think he can. But how does that play into the chemistry of our team?’” Strahan said. “So I think that’s important if you’re a GM. That’s what you’re going to look at if you’re a head coach. Now, if you want guys that are going to give you production, that’s going to work hard, is going to bust his butt, you’re going to get all of that … But the other part, I’m not sure myself.”

Tiki's Return?
Which is basically what everyone has been saying since Barber un-retired in March.

Two related questions: has anyone defended Barber? We can't recall a single person stepping forward and saying, "Tiki would be a great addition to any NFL team!" Also: anybody else find it peculiar that Ronde, Tiki's identical twin who still plays with the Bucs, hasn't spoken up on behalf of his brother?

Maybe Ronde doesn't want to get involved (which is completely understandable). Or perhaps he doesn't think Tiki should return to football, either. We've mentioned it before (as have the commenters), but it's a strange juxtaposition, Tiki and Ronde. One player disliked by his former teammates, and another who appears to be well respected by players, coaches and fans, quietly plodding along, often playing at a Pro Bowl level during his 14-year career.

When the lockout ends and training camps begin, Tiki very well could get his opportunity to make an NFL team. It's just that history, age, and a lot of former players (some of them teammates) are against him. 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Sapp, Strahan latest to call out Tiki Barber

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Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Sapp, Strahan latest to call out Tiki Barber

First of all Sapp is correct. Tiki is exactly what is wrong with some of the players in the NFL. No matter what, it's always somebody else's fault.
Then he "Retires". He goes out and stabs everybody he could in the back. Real class there Tiki. Of course Karma has a way of balancing the books.
So then the Giants, who had a bad coach, a bad QB, bad blockers, went out and not only won the Super Bowl, they beat arguablly one of the best teams of all-time.
So now Tiki wants back. There isn't a team in their right mind that would listen. And if someone was dumb enough to take a look, all the players on that team would be watching their collective backs. Looking for the Tiki knife!



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2011 6:31 pm
 

Sapp, Strahan latest to call out Tiki Barber

All this foolishness and ego and controversy and jaw wagging can mean only one thing . . .he is headed to the Redskins. As a Skins fan . . . I see all the signs.



Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Sapp, Strahan latest to call out Tiki Barber

Lmao!!!! I think tiki is funny to come back from retirement I agree with warren sapp 100% he fumbled Most of his career then had the nerve to disrespect his team.... Not cool tiki... Im even happier Ronde is keeping out of this he knows his brother was wrong for his comments...Also Michael strahan not defending him was icing on the cake...Cant wait for the NFL to return...



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 10:10 am
 

Sapp, Strahan latest to call out Tiki Barber

That's one thing that I loved about Warren Sapp when he was playing football and now as a NFL analyst.....He played the game the same way as his commentating.....brutal and straight-up! I compare Sapp to Barkley when it comes to commentating on the games and or players......I Love It!!!!LaughingCool



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: June 25, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Sapp, Strahan latest to call out Tiki Barber

Its called lifestyle...he is going broke.  His ex is gonna take him to the cleaners, that was ok working for NBC getting 2 million a year...He got let go, he is an gigantic a-hole.  He cant find a job to keep him in his preferred life syle...so like the heroin user you go back to all you know, it doesnt end well either way. He was a good back, but he was no Peyton or Brown type. he was servicable, but he's gonna be 37, he's old as shit. He couldnt hold the rock when he was 25 and got hit, aint gonna do it at 37. Wtch the grey ghoast, he hung on too long... Sapp and Strahan neither one of them has a right, its just funny how you see...no one is talking up for him..he must really be disliked and arrogant.



Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: June 25, 2011 12:43 pm
 

Sapp, Strahan latest to call out Tiki Barber

Why is everybody, including me, wasting their time talking about Tiki Barber. Saap is spot on the guy was a fumbler pretty much his entire career until Tom Coubling showed him to carry the football. But how can anybody respect this guy after how he treated his former coach and QB. Threw them both under the bus when he retired. Furthermore his stats are inflated particularily in light of the offensive line he was running behind.
Young kids should take notice here, that you never burn your bridges, like Tiki did, because you just never know when you are going to need those same people. Tiki please do us all a favor and stay retired. I do not want to be watching a game in which they have to scrap you off the turf. Then you will be responsible for ruining my Sunday dinner. Go work for Home Depot.


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