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« : October 18, 2006, 10:33:58 AM »

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2630407

Updated: Oct. 18, 2006, 9:53 AM ET
In rush to retire? Giants' Barber 'leaning toward' it
ESPN.com news services

The NFL's leading rusher apparently is contemplating plans to run into retirement after this season.

The Giants' Tiki Barber, who leads the NFL with 533 rushing yards, told The New York Times that he was "leaning toward" retiring and that he has "pretty much" made up his mind. When asked if anything would make him reconsider, Barber told The Times, "nothing."

Barber was with his twin brother Ronde at a Manhattan bookstore Tuesday, promoting a children's book the two co-wrote.

Although, Mark Lepselter, Barber's business agent, told The Times it was possible the running back still could change his mind, he confirmed that Barber's retirement after the season was very possible.

"He's seriously leaning toward it," Lepselter told The Times of Barber's retirement thoughts. "I think he feels he's perfected his craft, in a way, and is ready for something else."

Barber, who is a co-host of Fox & Friends on Tuesday mornings, would like to pursue a career in television after his playing days are over. His contract with Fox expires in January and he can begin negotiating with other networks in November.

The 31-year-old Barber said after his first practice at training camp in July that he would consider retiring after this season if the right opportunity came along.

The NFL's second-leading rusher last season with 1,860 yards, Barber admitted in July that he got a few offers that interested him this past summer.

Ernie Acorsi, the Giants' general manager  who also is retiring after this season  told The Times that he wouldn't comment on Barber's retirement plans until he heard them from the Giants' all-time leading rusher himself.

However, when Barber does retire, Accorsi told The Times that a spot should be reserved for him in Canton.

"You do not replace Tiki Barber, he's a Hall of Famer," Accorsi told The Times. "You have to go beyond the statistics to completely appreciate him, but I think he qualifies on numbers alone."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

 



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« #1 : October 18, 2006, 10:45:25 AM »

Cutting loose to early IMO. He's still got gas in the tank, and is still very talented.


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« #2 : October 18, 2006, 11:15:42 AM »

At least Ronde isn't going to retire...



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« #3 : October 18, 2006, 11:19:35 AM »

It has long been rumored Tiki would retire after this year. He has spoken of guys like Barry Sanders and Robert Smith in the past, who both retired with plenty left in the tank.  

My guess is that if not this year he's gone after next.

Some guys like to leave on top, apparantly Tiki is one of those guys.

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« #4 : October 18, 2006, 12:06:35 PM »

He's aiming for his job with Fox News.

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« #5 : October 18, 2006, 12:13:28 PM »

31yo runningbacks have been hit an awful lot.  I don't blame him for trying to live a lot longer with less pain after football.

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« #6 : October 18, 2006, 12:36:04 PM »

I agree with everybody here so far.  He knows his body and he knows what it takes to get through the offseason and getting ready to play the next year.  If he doesn't want to do it any more then that is his wishes.  Everybody should have seen this coming, it has been said before and everybody knows that Rhonde wanted to play with his brother.  What made him stay, maybe he knew this was going to happen.  I like the fact that some players leave on top, you never know he may feel that he is only a year or so before he falls off.   


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« #7 : October 18, 2006, 12:36:53 PM »

31yo runningbacks have been hit an awful lot. I don't blame him for trying to live a lot longer with less pain after football.
Agree.  Ronde could play for many more years because he doesn't take the hits Tiki does.  There have been CB's playing well into their late 30's.  I hope Ronde does.

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« #8 : October 18, 2006, 12:37:09 PM »

I wonder if Ronde's re-signing here, assuring he wouldn't be a Giant next year as many guessed, helped Tiki make his decision?

OR

I wonder if Ronde knew about this and told Tiki to keep his mouth shut until he renegotiated his deal because he knew some would fear him leaving for the Giants next year??

Not that any of this matters, just curious what their conversations were. Both great guys. Love Tiki's commercials.

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« #9 : October 18, 2006, 12:41:37 PM »

I never really put the words Tiki Barber and Hall of Fame in the same sentence before. But now after reading it, I'll have to take a long look at his stats.

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« #10 : October 18, 2006, 03:24:44 PM »

Maybe he'll un-retire one year to play here with Ronde.  Stranger things have happened.


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« #11 : October 18, 2006, 04:01:24 PM »

I saw that, I don't understand that, his best days are still ahead of him.

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« #12 : October 19, 2006, 04:38:15 PM »

You would think that Ronde would follow.

Follow? 
You would think that Ronde would follow.

Why would you think that?  Unless "follow" means Ronde will retire in about 3 to 4 years.

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« #13 : October 19, 2006, 01:44:11 AM »

I saw that, I don't understand that, his best days are still ahead of him.

I'm more puzzled about Jim Brown myself.


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« #14 : October 19, 2006, 08:08:42 AM »

Could Ronde follow him?  With the rebuilding of the D next year, does he retire too.  I know Ronde and Tiki have a radio show together [i believe in NY].  Could be a possibility.
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