Court of public opinion sacks Tiki Barber for a loss

Most of the reaction to the announcement that Tiki Barber is staging a comeback at age 36 went against the running back.

Let’s just say Barber was stopped for a loss on Tuesday . Former New York Giants teammate Antonio Pierce took the opportunity to tee up Barber on ESPN.

“Tiki Barber the football player . . . great player, will be very productive in certain situations,” Pierce said Tuesday, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “Third down, maybe to help out a young quarterback and some young running backs, depend on who it is.

“Tiki Barber the person? The leader? The person in that locker room? He’s not going to do anything for your team. Now if that’s the guy you think you’re bringing in, you might want to look in another direction, because from personal experience, he didn’t do anything to help the Giants the last year, especially 2006 when he decided to retire in the middle of season, and then months later kind of questioned our quarterback and our head coach at the time, Coach Coughlin. That’s my problem with Tiki Barber, but the guy can play. Can he do it four years later? I don’t think he can.

“What he did in that locker room my last two years with him, he didn’t do anything but deteriorate that team. I don’t see this guy as a leader, or somebody who can help you out and that’s my problem with him.”

New York Post columnist Steve Serby takes the opinion that Barber has filed paperwork to come out of retirement because his retirement has been one giant disaster with a failed television career marred by the fact that he split from his wife Ginny last year when she was eight months pregnant with twin girls.

At the National Football Post, Matt Bowen keeps it on the field where he wonders what Barber has left in his legs.

Some team might take a chance on Barber. But he isn’t going to get rich and he’s not guaranteed to make it. Just take a look around at what 36-year-old running backs are doing these days. They’re ex-running backs.

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