Pat Shurmur unshuns Tiki Barber

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Former Giants running back Tiki Barber made himself into a pariah of sorts after his one-year-too-early-retirement, taking shots at the team as his playing career devolved into a media misadventure. Now, more than a decade after leaving the Giants, Tiki is back in the fold.

As explained by Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, new Giants head coach Pat Shurmur contacted Tiki not long after getting the job.

I reached out to him,’’ Shurmur said, via Schwartz. “I wasn’t here for all that. I’m walking into this thing with fresh eyes. He was an outstanding player. I remember he found a way, he kind of had the fumbling thing going and he found a way to fix it, which I was impressed by.’’

“All that” included, most recently, a public call from Tiki to fire former head coach Tom Coughlin, which prompted a dry, sarcastic response from quarterback Eli Manning. (Along the way, Tiki wrote a column bemoaning the collapse of the Giants. It was published in late November 2011; little more than two months later, the Giants were putting their fingerprints all over a Lombardi Trophy.)

When Shurmur called, Tiki initially didn’t recognize the number, so he didn’t answer. When he realized who it was, Tiki quickly responded.

“When he called me out of the blue, it was shocking in a sense but it was welcome,’’ Barber told Schwartz. “We had a great conversation. I was taken by how calm he is and how measured and thoughtful he is, which resonates really well with me, because that’s how I am.”

And there’s the Tiki we’ve come to know; it’s always eventually about him. That’s what Shurmur will eventually realize, leading inevitably to the moment this unshun becomes a re-shun.

And to Manning making another dry, sarcastic remark with an inescapable “I told you so” message embedded at the bottom of it.

29 responses to “Pat Shurmur unshuns Tiki Barber

  1. I have told you all for many years that in Jefferson Township we all know that Tiki Barber is the great Giants player in history and one of the best running backs in NFL history. An incredible team first player, leader, and class act. Eli Manning would never have started even one game in the NFL without Tiki. The Giants won not one but TWO Super Bowls because of Tiki’s incredible play and leadership.

    The Eli Manning era is long over. The Ryan Nassib and Davis Webb eras too. Now it is on to the Kyle Lauletta era and the hope that the Giants may get back to 8-8 in the next 5 years.

  2. The Giants won Two Super Bowls because of Tiki’s incredible play?????????????????

    Did Tiki win those 2 Super Bowls for the Giants on Madden?

  3. justinstuckrule says:
    June 24, 2018 at 10:39 am
    I have told you all for many years that in Jefferson Township we all know that Tiki Barber is the great Giants player in history and one of the best running backs in NFL history. An incredible team first player, leader, and class act. Eli Manning would never have started even one game in the NFL without Tiki. The Giants won not one but TWO Super Bowls because of Tiki’s incredible play and leadership.

    The Eli Manning era is long over. The Ryan Nassib and Davis Webb eras too. Now it is on to the Kyle Lauletta era and the hope that the Giants may get back to 8-8 in the next 5 years.

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    You must be tiki’s agent. And no he’s not one of the best running backs in the history of the nfl. Good, yes, and both Super Bowls were without Tiki.

  4. justinstuckrule says:
    June 24, 2018 at 10:39 am
    I have told you all for many years that in Jefferson Township we all know that Tiki Barber is the great Giants player in history and one of the best running backs in NFL history. An incredible team first player, leader, and class act. Eli Manning would never have started even one game in the NFL without Tiki. The Giants won not one but TWO Super Bowls because of Tiki’s incredible play and leadership.

    The Eli Manning era is long over. The Ryan Nassib and Davis Webb eras too. Now it is on to the Kyle Lauletta era and the hope that the Giants may get back to 8-8 in the next 5 years.

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    Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  5. Pat you can try all you want, but the fans will never accept him after his antics. I’ll give you this parting story as to the real feeling of Giants fans. Was in MetLife a few years back for a Giants vs Ravens game. Halftime in the mens room there is a sea of Giants jerseys and some Ravens jerseys. Giant fan walks in with a Tiki jersey on and you would have thought the anti-christ was there. Giants fans united, chanted for the guy to remove his jersey and it ended up in the urinal where it was continually peed on. That is how Giants fans feel about Tiki.

  6. myvietnamwasfightingtheclap says:
    June 24, 2018 at 10:57 am
    Tiki and Tierney show is absolutely atrocious
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    I agree, but it’s moreso because of Tierney than Tiki. I get it that as a sports talk show host you have to have a certain amount of self confidence bordering on arrogance to think people are going to care about your opinions for 3 hours a day 5 days a week, but Tierney is the worst, especially when interviewing a guest. He takes at least a minute to ask a question, and 55 seconds of that is him somehow tying the interview into his college baseball career or his Myrtle Beach golf trip with his buddies

  7. Tiki was a great Giant with a very high opinion of himself. He didn’t know when to shut up and announced his retirement mid season while the rest of his team was trying to win games. He then trashed the Coach who taught him to hold onto the ball and made him the focus of the offense that he complained about so much. He also trashed his QB, who managed to win TEN road games in a row and then beat the Patriots in the 2007 Super Bowl. Tiki was wrong about everything. I won’t even start on his personal life.

  8. I work with some Giants fans, and I have never, ever heard them say anything good about Tiki.Some other players as well but I think this actually might piss em off.

  9. Hey coach as a 58 year Giants fan and season ticket holder no one wants to see Tiki
    You have many great past players to call on Tiki is not one of them

    He was once loved but those days went away the day he started running his mouth

  10. Its… almost, painful… listening to his borther… try to complete a sentence… during a game.

    Great players though in their prime.

  11. Can’t call LT. Giffort’s gone. Not sure he can call OTB and get an answer. So he called Barber, maybe he’ll get his twin.

  12. Frazier28/7 says:
    June 24, 2018 at 3:40 pm
    Its… almost, painful… listening to his borther… try to complete a sentence… during a game.

    Great players though in their prime.

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    It can’t be as painful as trying to comprehend your incoherent post

  13. Its funny – there was one point in which Tiki was loved, and if he kept performing at the same level for a couple of more seasons, could have been given consideration for HoF.

    What happened?

    He badmouthed his coaching staff – who saved his career
    He announced his retirement mid season – putting the focus on him
    Once “retired” he trashed his former coaches and his former QB
    He was atrocious working in the media – let his ego destroy would could have been a Michael Strahan type of career. Irony never ends 🙂
    He cheated on his wife, who by the way, was pregnant with his twin sons.

    He could have lived on easy street the rest of his non playing days, but he let his ego run amuck and napalmed any good will the fans had for him.

    Now, is it possible he learned his lesson, and this is the first step towards redemption? Unlikely for a narcissist of his level – but we will see.

  14. I laugh when one of the posters above called Tiki “a class act”

    What do you call a man who leaves his pregnant wife for a 21-year-old intern? I can think of about 50 names and none of them are “a class act” He might have displayed some skills as a RB but as a human being, he is sorely lacking.

  15. Sorry Pat, you don’t get to unshun Tiki. He is still a pariah in most Giants fans minds.

  16. Does anyone think that Tiki is just an alternate identity that Ronde uses to get out the things he can’t say in polite society?

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