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.

41 responses to “Strahan thinks Tiki can play, but personality is a turnoff

  1. 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.

  2. 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 !!

  3. 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.

  4. 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?!?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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

  12. 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…

  13. 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….

  14. 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!!!

  15. 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 .

  16. 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!

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

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

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

    Any suggestions?

  19. 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

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