NYPost Tiki Barber might be trying to work his way back into the good graces of the Giants and their fans. First, he defended Michael Strahan against Warren Sapp after the Bucs star repeatedly ripped his former Giants teammate. Then he publicly stated that he was hoping to have a sit-down with coach Tom Coughlin after taking shots at the two-time Super Bowl champ after retiring. Now, he’s propping up Eli Manning, another one of his post-playing targets, saying that the Giants quarterback has a chance to be among the best of all-time and is already better than his brother. “The expectation was that he was never going to be Peyton,” Barber said on his CBS Sports Radio Show. “I remember having these conversations with people who watched Eli in college, saying, ‘He’s good, but he’s never going to be Peyton, he’s not Peyton.’ Guess what? I think he’s better than Peyton. Because of clutch. What matters in sports? It’s winning and losing. You get to the stage and what do you do? Eli’s gotten there and he’s won.” Eli has won two Super Bowls to Peyton’s one and seems to save his best play for the postseason. Barber played three seasons with Manning before retiring after the 2006 season. Before the following season, Barber questioned Manning’s leadership skills as an analyst for NBC Sports. Eli led the Giants to the Super Bowl that season and to another four years later. And now Barber says Manning can be a top-five quarterback – not right now, but all-time. “For Eli to crack the top five of all time, he’s got to have a 2011 [type] season a couple more times and win another Super Bowl and be Super Bowl MVP, and then I think he’s in the discussion for the top five [quarterbacks] of all time,” Barber said.
In my opinion, Tiki Barber is upset about his tainted legacy with the only franchise he ever took an NFL snap for, the New York Giants. Barber abruptly retired from the NFL in his prime, and ripped head coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning on his way out the door, causing fans of the New York Giantsto detest him. In the wake of Tiki leaving, the Giants win the Super Bowl, and have since win another.
I called it a complete and utter joke when Warren Sapp was elected to the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame before Michael Strahan (LINK) and so did many members of sports media, because when you look at the numbers Strahan had a better career. Loudmouth Warren Sapp took offense to this and bashed Michael Strahan. Tiki Barber jumped to the defense of his former teammate, saying that Strahan was the better player.
Now Tiki Barber says Eli Manning is a better quarterback than his brother Peyton, which seems like another attempt to get back in favor with Giants fans. Eli and Peyton are both excellent quarterbacks, and you could easily make the argument that Eli is a more clutch or better big-game quarterback than his brother, the numbers speak for themselves. When it comes to accolades and stats, except for Super Bowl rings, Peyton is the much more decorated quarterback. The argument could be made, based on the numbers, that Peyton is the greatest quarterback of All-Time.
Tiki Barber is trying to win back New York Giants fans after his ugly exit with these recent PR moves, but as a Giants fan, I am not ready to forgive him. Not when he ripped a quarterback and coach who will go down as organizational legends on his way out the door. Keep sticking up for the Giants, Tiki, and perhaps one day the fanbase will be ready to forgive you. Don’t try to come back too soon, if you do, prepare to be booed just like you were at the Ring of Honor ceremony. I was there, and as a player who gave his heart and soul to the Giants organization then said a few things you clearly regretted on the way out the door, that had to sting.