Tiki’s agent knew broadcasting career was going poorly right away

The Bucs don’t appear interested in signing Tiki Barber, but that wasn’t the case in 2007.

Ian O’Conner of ESPNNewYork.com writes that Tiki met with Jon Gruden and former Bucs G.M. Bruce Allen for drinks midway through the 2007 season, with Gruden putting on a full court press to sign Tiki for the stretch run.  Barber’s agent was all for it, because he didn’t like how Barber’s broadcast career was starting out.

“I was pushing for it hard,” Lepselter said, “because I already knew things weren’t going in the right direction for Tiki.”   (Tiki says thanks for the support.)

At the end of the meeting, Tiki said he’d join the team.  He changed his mind soon thereafter, sort of like he’s changed his mind this offseason after four years away from the game.

“With my life stagnating, and feeling like I wasn’t really doing anything, I realized I still love the game of football,” Barber told O’Conner of his latest decision to return.   “I’d lost my way, and then I realized this is what I still want to do.”

UPDATE: The Giants won’t file tampering charges, in case you were curious.

31 responses to “Tiki’s agent knew broadcasting career was going poorly right away

  1. “I’d lost my way, and then I realized this is what I still want to do.”

    Translation: I’m going broke, and have no other viable options.

  2. How does unretiring make up for cheating on your pregnant wife and shacking up with some college-aged tart?

  3. “I already knew things weren’t going in the right direction for Tiki.”

    Duh. It required him to open his mouth.

  4. Too bad they didn’t press it. Those extra draft picks for tampering would have come in handy. Good to know who the dirtbags are though.

  5. “With my life stagnating, and feeling like I wasn’t really doing anything, I realized I still love the game of football,” Barber told O’Conner of his latest decision to return.

    =====================

    Translation—“I lost my cushy TV gig, I became a tabloid punchline, and my ex is soaking me for child support and alimony. I figured it was either this or taking that Nutrisystem commerical….”

  6. Does anyone like this guy? Even if has managed to stay in football shape, he would probably have a tough time making a roster. Combined with the utter hostility he showed his old teammates and coaches after retiring, no one in their right mind will pick him up. Not even the Raiders.

  7. UPDATE: The Giants won’t file tampering charges, in case you were curious.

    Probably cause the commissioner would turn a blind eye to it (unless it’s detriot doing the tampering) ?

  8. “Tiki’s agent knew broadcasting career was going poorly right away”. Newsflash: so did everyone else.

  9. the guy became irrelevant the minute the giants won the superbowl. He lost a lot of credibility.
    I want to know who told teams would be lined up to sign a 36 year old Running back?

  10. You can only get so far in broadcasting by talking about how much you old team sucks … especially when they win the Super Bowl the year after you leave.

    (Are PFT’s ads supposed to match my surfing history? Suddenly getting freaky ads that really don’t fit. :shock:)

  11. He should have listened to his agent back in 2007. Because in 2011, nobody’s going to be interested in a 36-year-old running back who’s been out of the game for 4 years. Except maybe the UFL.

  12. Well, DUH! Why can’t he just fade away? He’s beyond the point of resurrecting his career.

  13. “I was pushing for it hard,” Lepselter said, “because I already knew things weren’t going in the right direction for Tiki.”

    Who’s Lepselter?

    (Yes, I know it’s his agent, but I’m making a point. No one apparently reads the AP Stylebook on this blog.)

  14. Expect to see him on the sidelines for ESPN’s MNF with Matt Millen if there’s a season this year…

  15. Tiki is such a piece of crap. He left his pregnant wife for a 20 year old floozy, unfairly criticized Eli Manning ( Manning then led Tiki’s former team to a Super Bowl Championship), and now wants to get back in the NFL because he managed to screw up everything in his life. I hope nobody signs this idiot. How can 1 embryo create one loser and one good winner (his twin Ronde). Hopefully Tiki spends the rest of his days working a 9 to 5 like the rest of us.

  16. Gruden should have offered Tiki a couple of college age interns to seal the deal. Tiki doesn’t understand that karma is going to rear its ulgy head for the rest of his sad, morally bankrupt life.

    Update us when they foreclose on this double wide trailer and confiscate his 1989 Ford Taurus.

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