Sapp, Strahan talk turkey on Tiki

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With running back Tiki Barber’s intended return to football — and his effort to call his broadcasting career anything other than a failure — making news lately, the subject made for a compelling topic on the latest edition of The Rich Eisen Podcast.

NFL Network’s Warren Sapp had the first word.

I didn’t think much of him when he did play,” Sapp said.  “I mean that’s the whole point.  He was a fumbler all the way through his life, and then all of a sudden, somebody taught him how to hold the ball up high and then he [left the Giants] and said, Eli [Manning] can’t lead them and they’ll never win a championship.

“That kind of lends to who I’m talking about.  This is the same guy.  This is all encompassed into the same thing.  There’s no way you turn your back on your teammates that block for you, that gave you the ball on short fields and did whatever they did. . . .  There’s still no reason for you to attack your teammates.”

One of those former teammates agreed.

“Sapp is 100 percent right,” FOX’s Michael Strahan said in response.  “Only thing is, if it comes to playing football, he can play.”

We’re all assuming Tiki can still play, after four seasons out of the game and at age 36.  Though he had three straight incredible seasons to cap the first phase of his career, with more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage each year, he plays one of the most fungible positions in football, and most teams presumably would rather have a no-name, low-priced rookie with minimal wear and tear, who can move the chains if he gets blocking — and who can maintain possession of the football without holding it like a baby he’s trying to keep out of waist-deep water.

That said, two teams supposedly are interested.  And even if 31 teams say “no way,” all it ever takes is one to say, “OK.”

20 responses to “Sapp, Strahan talk turkey on Tiki

  1. C’mon man! You do not play football @age 36! Unless the NFL comes out with a Seniors out a division!

  2. “and who can maintain possession of the football without holding it like a baby he’s trying to keep out of waist-deep water”

    You mean without holding the ball like you’re supposed to?

  3. I want more of Tiki about as much as I am craving a mai tai with an umbrella garnish right now.

  4. What Sapp is saying is just factually wrong wrong wrong. Warren Sapp is too stupid to tie is own shoes let alone speak English or look up data on Yes, Tiki had two horrendous years where he fumbled a lot. His last three years which were by far his most significant he only coughed it up 4 times. Barber’s per carry average is 4.7 yards which is way better than most of the supposed elite rb’s you see today like AP for instance. It’s just vogue to trash on Tiki Barber.

    And btw, Warren have you assaulted any women lately you classless idiot?

  5. Aside from Ronde being the only person in the world who actually likes Tiki, why does Sapp get paid to speak?

  6. I don’t agree with how Tiki treated the Giants but IMO, it’s in the past and he didn’t reap the rewards of their SB win.

    You grown folks in the sports media need to learn when to move on from things. A lot of these articles are starting to sound real juvernile and petty.

  7. People who hate Tiki are the most fungible commodities in the fan-base. Cuz he’s a bona-fide back-turning under-the-bus-throwin’ it-ain’t me it’s you D-bag.

  8. As a Giants fan who watched every game Tiki ever played in the NFL, you have to remember what his biggest weakness was: speed. He’d break off a run, get wide out in the open and then get chased down by a DB every other game! You mean to tell me that he somehow is going to be faster at age 36 than he was at 30-32?

    Someone’s going to give him a shot, I have no doubt at all. But you’d be better off giving that same opportunity to a 21-22 year-old kid who could blow Tiki away in a race, can contribute on punts/kickoffs, and has the potential to be on the roster for another decade.

  9. I would just like to remind everyone at this time that Tiki Barber’s per carry average over his 10 year career was 4.7 yards. That is insane.

    Also his average over his final two years was actually 5.2 yards per carry. Again, that is nuts.

  10. I’d rather have Herschel Walker at 48 years old over Tiki. Dude is still ripped and is not hated.

  11. The facts still remain:Tiki was a cancer in the Giants locker room. He knew it. Everybody knew it. As soon as he retired,the Giants got it together as a team and won a Super Bowl. To what degree that was cause and effect,no body will ever know. We can still wonder and make a calculated guess that after four years an old man can’t doo doo like he used to. I don’t even think he can do that. To me,it is not worth the chance to bring the Shockey-Tiki type egos into a young incubator of a locker room. If you are smart,you just don’t chance it.

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