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Don’t Look Now: Tiki Barber to Make NFL Comeback

Former Giants RB Tiki Barber has decided to play again in the NFL.(Photo by Al Tielemans/SI)

Amongst all the talk of a potential lockout and the prospects of new CBA deal, there was some actual football news to announce Tuesday.

Tiki Barber — yes, that Tiki Barber — filed paperwork to the NFL to come out of retirement, according to the New York Times. Barber, 36, last played in the NFL in 2006 where he rushed for 1,662 yards and five touchdowns. Upon retiring, Barber became critical of New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin and other fellow teammates.

Follow his NFL career Barber worked for NBC as an NFL analyst, before being terminated in May 2010. In terms of production, Barber had one of the more successful careers that an NFL running back can have — albeit never winning a Super Bowl. Barber rushed for 10,449 yards and 55 touchdowns over the course of his 10 years.

Still, the decision is an odd one to say the least. There is speculation that Barber is flat out broke and is doing this for financial reasons. Whatever the case may be, the fact of the matter is that Barber may not have anything to offer an NFL team.

Although Barber’s body should be in tip-top condition, it’s hard to tell if he still has the speed to be effective. If Barber does get a chance — whenever the NFL play’s its next season — he will probably be a third-down back.

According to Pro Football Talk, Barber would like to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s hard to imagine what his fellow NFL players think about Barber, basically playing for the wrong reasons. In a way it’s unfair that Barber can do something like this. In reality, what does a 36-year-old running back provide to an offense that a 22-year-old rookie can’t?

Not only is Barber allegedly solely coming back to the NFL because he mis-managed his finances, but with him returning he is taking away the opportunity of a young college running back to make a name for himself.

The NFL is about opportunity not a quick-fix money scheme.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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