Two of Tiki Barber’s former NFL peers don’t think much of his current plan for a comeback after sitting out the past four seasons. “No, stop it. Enough is enough, brother, enough is enough. I didn’t think much of him when he did play,” said Warren Sapp, a longtime teammate of Barber’s twin brother Ronde Barber with the Buccaneers, on The Rich Eisen Podcast.
Sapp also panned Tiki Barber’s propensity for fumbling early in his career, his decision to announce his retirement midway through the 2006 season wth the Giants and his subsequent criticism of Giants QB Eli Manning and coach Tom Coughlin. “Sapp is 100% right,” chimed in former Giants DE Michael Strahan, who retired one year after Barber but won a Super Bowl ring in the process.
Strahan was complimentary of Barber’s abilities as a player and his work ethic but still not happy about his less-than-flattering remarks about Coughlin and Manning after Barber began his TV career with NBC. “If it comes to playing football — he can play,” said Strahan.
“Now on the other end of it, I do believe that his job did change — ok, whatever. But you don’t ever lose the respect that you earned as a player for a rating for a television show. His impact was to kind of throw some guys under the bus, including the coach who taught you how not to fumble, and a quarterback who was young and just needed to learn, and obviously a quarterback who’s quiet and not the rah-rah guy. … Why would you do that?”