Tiki Barber was a great Giant. He was not expected to become a 1,500 yard rusher in the NFL, yet his career ended with an amazing upsurge. If you look at his numbers, he was always above average, but the final three years he broke that 1,500 yard barrier and found himself in the elite category reserved for hall of fame caliber backs.
You might also notice his fumbles miraculously started to appear with less frequency. What could have changed for him? Oh yeah his new coach Tom Coughlin enforced the importance of securing the football.
Today the news has come out that Tiki will throw Coughlin under the bus in his new tell all, as is his right. It has always been tough to deal with the double-edged sword of Tiki the player vs. Tiki the person. Always putting his own mouth before the team. Now he’s a public mouthpiece and he’s still talking about the team.
So here is the salvo from Tiki
“If Tom Coughlin had not remained as head coach of the Giants, I might still be in a Giants uniform … [Coughlin] robbed me of what had been one of the most important things I had in my life, which was the joy I felt playing football. I had lost that. He had taken it away.”
Tiki, thanks for the memories. Sorry your joy and sunbeams of nature are gone. STOP TALKING ABOUT OUR TEAM!!! It’s not yours anymore. You quit.