When it comes to former Giants running back Tiki Barber, there are plenty of things about him that a current player would not want to emulate. However, there are plenty of things today’s NFL athletes could learn.
For Giants running back David Wilson, the most obvious lesson comes from Tiki’s remarkable transformation from a fumbling machine to a reliable toter of the rock.
As Bob Glauber of Newsday explained during Thursday’s PFT Live, Wilson will be carrying the ball in the same high-and-tight way that Tiki did in the latter years of his career. It’s a technique Tiki developed with the help of coach Tom Coughlin.
And Barber continues to periodically show his gratitude.
Glauber recently wrote about the exchange between Barber and Wilson that resulted in Wilson adopting Barber’s strategy.
“He gave me some advice I can really use,” Wilson told Glauber. “It makes sense. It felt good in practice, so I plan on using it.”
The challenge for Wilson will be to know which advice from Barber to heed, and which advice to ignore completely.