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Strahan thinks Tiki can play, but personality is a turnoff

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As Tiki Barber wonders why no team signed him after he announced his desire to return to the NFL, one of his old teammates says Barber should think back to the way he has treated people through the years.

Michael Strahan, a Giants teammate for Barber’s entire 10-year career, said on ESPN Radio that the reason NFL teams didn’t have an interest in Barber is less about his age than about his personality.

“I feel like everything else scared everyone away,” Strahan said. “It wasn’t even about football. I don’t feel like football was the reason that no one brought him in, because that’s the easy part for him. I think it was the reputation things that probably scared more teams away.”

Strahan said he personally doesn’t have anything against Barber, but that he thinks Barber’s reputation precedes him in the NFL.

“Did everything in our locker room work out great with him? Not all the time, but everything didn’t work out great with everybody,” Strahan said. “Did he get along with everybody? He probably didn’t get along — got along with less guys . . . because he wasn’t reaching out to a lot of the younger players.”

Despite Barber not always getting along with everyone in the Giants’ locker room, Strahan thought Barber would get a shot somewhere. Strahan said Barber keeps himself in good shape, even comparing Barber to Ivan Drago from Rocky IV, and he said he believes Barber would be able to contribute in the NFL at age 36.

“I was surprised by it,” Strahan said. “I feel like he has a few more years in him.”

Maybe Strahan is right, and Barber could still contribute on the field. But it’s looking like we’ll never find out, because of concerns about what kind of presence Barber would be in a locker room.

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41 Responses to “Strahan thinks Tiki can play, but personality is a turnoff”
  1. bayoubauer says: Sep 7, 2011 9:36 AM

    Kind of glad to see Tiki’s sense of entitlement go unrewarded.

  2. halfie6 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:36 AM

    Strahan is flabbergasted.

  3. gdeli says: Sep 7, 2011 9:40 AM

    I had a feeling about that.

  4. joesphkerr says: Sep 7, 2011 9:41 AM

    Tiki, there is always the CFL. But you better hurry since they are half way through the season.

  5. steelerfan999 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:44 AM

    WHO CARES WHAT HE THINKS. ITS CALLED KARMA,TIKI IS GETTING WHAT HE DESERVES.

  6. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Sep 7, 2011 9:44 AM

    I am surprised anyone thought he’d get signed BEFORE the season starts. If he is on the opening day roster his salary is guaranteed. If a team has an interest why not wait until after week one then if he creates one little problem the team could cut him and not have to pay him.

  7. gpete1962 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:44 AM

    I think mike’s right.

    I know people who have been with Tiki a family outing and said the was a total A$$hole…

    Rude, Vain, Inconsiderate, Self centered, backstabbing

    Looks like all 32 teams Agreed with mike too !!

  8. imjinbrdgr says: Sep 7, 2011 9:57 AM

    His personality may have played a small part but I would lean more to what Parcells said, that it was the fact that he was out of the league for 4 years. GM’s need to win to keep their job for very long and if they thought Tiki, could help them win he would be on a roster, whether he was everyone pal in the locker room or not.

  9. Davo says: Sep 7, 2011 9:58 AM

    He’s an ex-Running Back on the wrong side of 30. No need for reading between the lines here.

  10. up2highhell says: Sep 7, 2011 9:59 AM

    This Tiki Torch has burned out

  11. mydailyff.com says: Sep 7, 2011 10:02 AM

    Bottom line is that you could have a 22 year old rookie with incredible passion to make it and to eat up every word you say or a 36 year old guy who thinks he sort of knows it all and doesn’t need coaching. What coach is going to jump for the old guy who doesn’t want to be coached?!?

  12. jeffreyduncan says: Sep 7, 2011 10:02 AM

    He thought he was bigger than the game and better than his teammates. He thought wrong.

  13. steelerfan999 says: Sep 7, 2011 10:04 AM

    THE MORE I THINK ABOUT TIKI IN THE NEWS,THE SICKER I GET,HERES A GUY WHO LEFT HIS PREGNANT WIFE FOR ANOTHER GOLD DIGGING HOE,WHEN TIKIS BROKE SHE WILL DUMP HIS BROKE ASS TOO.

  14. jimmysee says: Sep 7, 2011 10:07 AM

    One of the great lessons of life is you meet the same peope on the way down as you met on the way up — and how you treated those folks on the way up has a lot to do with how fast or slow that trip down goes.

  15. jeffro33 says: Sep 7, 2011 10:11 AM

    It’s usually tough for me to watch a person struggle and deal with feelings of depression and low self-esteem.

    But not in this case. Tiki is getting a huge dose of humility here, and I think we can all say that he deserves it.

  16. scoops1 says: Sep 7, 2011 10:14 AM

    Tiki’s ex-wife is NOT Flabbergasted

  17. madsqgrdn says: Sep 7, 2011 10:18 AM

    steelerfan999 says: Sep 7, 2011 10:04 AM

    THE MORE I THINK ABOUT TIKI IN THE NEWS,THE SICKER I GET,HERES A GUY WHO LEFT HIS PREGNANT WIFE FOR ANOTHER GOLD DIGGING HOE,WHEN TIKIS BROKE SHE WILL DUMP HIS BROKE ASS TOO.

    ——————–

    Yeah he should have just Rothlesburgered her. …I hate Tiki but I despise your guy steeler fan lets not throw any morality stones shall we.

    have fun rooting for That guy.

  18. phinfan says: Sep 7, 2011 10:26 AM

    Stupid kickers! -Manning

    Oops wrong manning

  19. pigskinswag says: Sep 7, 2011 10:30 AM

    Strahan also thinks that water is wet and fire is hot.

  20. medialovesthecowboys says: Sep 7, 2011 10:38 AM

    Not for nothing, but the biggest thing people seem to mention is that he left his wife for another chick. Um…Strahan did the same thing.

  21. johnnyb14z3 says: Sep 7, 2011 10:50 AM

    leaving his wife and playing football are two completely different things. idiots.

  22. anpsteel says: Sep 7, 2011 10:50 AM

    Surpise, there is no demand for a 36 year old dbag, running back, who was all too willing to throw his coaching staff, and fellow teammates under the bus- regularly- while still on the team.

  23. melikefootball says: Sep 7, 2011 10:53 AM

    Amen brother! His loose lips didn’t add up to anything intelligent and as they say it is what Tiki is.

  24. agelardi says: Sep 7, 2011 11:01 AM

    Didn’t he leave the game, not because of injury, but because he didn’t like the beating his body was taking? While I don’t think it’s wrong, the NFL hates that sort of attitude. Plus they probably hated his personality too. lol

  25. jpb12 says: Sep 7, 2011 11:02 AM

    She used to have a nice rack. Little droopy now. Still a real b*tch.

  26. m2karateman says: Sep 7, 2011 11:05 AM

    Karma is a bitch, huh Tiki?

  27. trickbunny says: Sep 7, 2011 11:08 AM

    madsqgrdn says: Sep 7, 2011 10:18 AM
    steelerfan999 says:
    Sep 7, 2011 10:04 AM

    THE MORE I THINK ABOUT TIKI IN THE NEWS,THE SICKER I GET,HERES A GUY WHO LEFT HIS PREGNANT WIFE FOR ANOTHER GOLD DIGGING HOE,WHEN TIKIS BROKE SHE WILL DUMP HIS BROKE ASS TOO.

    ——————–

    Yeah he should have just Rothlesburgered her. …I hate Tiki but I despise your guy steeler fan lets not throw any morality stones shall we.

    have fun rooting for That guy.
    ——————————————–

    Good point. Also, why am I not surprised it’s a Steelers fan posting in screaming all-caps? Yeesh…

  28. tedc57 says: Sep 7, 2011 11:09 AM

    He’s just to old and to much of a pain in the ass. He burned his bridges. Now live with the results of it.

  29. 4evrnyt says: Sep 7, 2011 11:30 AM

    Only two words describe the real reason Tiki didn’t get another shot:

    Thirty six

  30. giselleisasucubus says: Sep 7, 2011 11:32 AM

    yeah, so basically, Tiki is a complete douche, and rb’s are a dime a dozen. Why take on this a**hole when you can find a guy just as good who is cheaper and wont split locker rooms? GFY Tiki. I hated you when you played, and now your pompous a*s is getting a deserved “no thanks guy”. The Jeff George of rb’s….

  31. wferg1121 says: Sep 7, 2011 11:37 AM

    He trashes the coaches game plan, says that they were unprepared. Then retires and again trashes the coach, and at the time a young QB. I am sure a lot of coaches with young QB’s want that on their team.. KARMA!!!

  32. ebenezergrymm says: Sep 7, 2011 11:39 AM

    Strahans impersonation of Eli was AWESOME.

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6939108

  33. boisebob says: Sep 7, 2011 11:46 AM

    He wasn’t a very good broadcaster either but his personality obviously detracts from that.

  34. jimsjam33 says: Sep 7, 2011 11:49 AM

    Iverson , Woods , and Barber . No , not a law firm . Has beens who can’t accept live for what it is . Prima Donna’s gone wild in the world of fantasy .

  35. rdspence49 says: Sep 7, 2011 12:04 PM

    Tiki, wasn’t it you who said that you needed football? Well, guess what Tiki? Football doesn’t need you!!! I’m reminded of the Marcus Miller tune, Boomerang! Check out the words in the song Tiki, and you’ll see yourself in the mirror!

  36. mineallmine001 says: Sep 7, 2011 12:10 PM

    How many kids who get picked last have to ask or wonder why ?

    The reason is usualy painfully obvious. This case is no different.

  37. ragingmouse says: Sep 7, 2011 1:47 PM

    mmm..how about a reality show featuring: T.O., Randy Moss and Tiki, call it…” old useless players haters club”…

    Any suggestions?

  38. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 7, 2011 2:56 PM

    You don’t say…

  39. nofunleague says: Sep 7, 2011 6:02 PM

    Funny how his twin doesn’t seem to have these issues. Maybe Tiki is adopted???

  40. jimmy133 says: Sep 7, 2011 8:43 PM

    first of all if you listened to mike and mike you would know that Micheal Strahan DID NOT THROW TIKI UNDER THE BUS for his personality and said if he was good then would have been picked up no matter what..second of all your all Haters GET A LIFE

  41. MichaelEdits says: Sep 7, 2011 9:22 PM

    I’d like to thank Mr Strahan for confirming what we all suspected all along

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