Ten reasons why Tiki Barber’s un-retirement is a great thing

How can you not love Tiki Barber? Dude retired in 2007 because of the physical toll the game took on his body (not to mention he also wanted to be a TV star), yet on Tuesday he filed paperwork with the NFL so that he could officially come out of retirement…at age 36.

I’m sorry Tiki, did you think the NFL has gotten any less physical since the last time you buckled your chinstrap?

Either way, I love the idea. In fact, here are 10 reasons why I love it.

10. The Giants needed a new towel boy.

9. For once, somebody actually stole Brett Favre’s unretirement thunder.

8. Maybe this will inspire Barry Sanders to also come out of retirement, because who among us wouldn’t pay to watch Barry lace ‘em up again?

7. He’ll stop torturing us with his “analysis” on television.

6. Last time I checked, Al Davis and Dan Snyder are still in the league…and you know they’re going to be interested.

5. Because chicks dig the fumble.

4. If things work out, he can become the spokesperson for Divorce.com. “Hi, I’m Tiki Barber reminding you that alimony isn’t cheap. Had I gone to Divorce.com, maybe I wouldn’t have had to unretire at the age of 36 and play football with men who are 10 years younger, faster and flat out better than me.”

3. He just birthed about 20 new ideas for fantasy football team names.

2. He and Charlie Sheen can promote Gatorade’s new “Tiger Blood” drink line. Because if you’re going to play running back in the NFL at age 36, you better have tiger blood in your veins.

1. This is proof that karma does, in fact, exist. You can’t cheat on your pregnant wife with a 23-year-old NBC intern and not be publicly ridiculed when you have to unretire from the NFL just because you need money to pay for your divorce.

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Tiki Barber dumps pregnant wife for 23-year-old former NBC intern

If Tiger Woods wanted to write a book about how guys aren’t supposed to treat their wives, he has a co-author in Tiki Barber.

The New York Post reported yesterday that Barber dumped his 8-months-pregnant wife for a hot 23-year-old woman named Traci Lynn Johnson, who is a former intern for NBC. Barber’s wife Ginny, who is a full-time mom to the couple’s two sons, is currently pregnant with twins.

If that doesn’t make Barber a finalist in biggest douche of the year, then maybe these details from the Post about his affair will:

“On her 21st birthday, he sent her 21 dozen roses to her dorm. He also gave her a diamond and sapphire bracelet,” the source said. “At this point, she had a boyfriend, and told him that she and Tiki were ‘just friends,’ but nobody bought it.

“He gave her and her friends [Giants] jerseys for them to dress up in on Halloween . . . He would shower her with designer handbags and expensive clothes.”
The source said “he came to the school, and she introduced him to her friends.

“At first, we thought he was a nice, sweet guy. Really warm and friendly.

“But once we realized what was going on, we were disgusted. We never expected him to be so disrespectful to his wife.

“One night, he sneaked into her dorm and stayed over the night,” the source said. “The next day, Traci didn’t want to let him out of her room to use the bathroom because she was worried someone would see him and catch them.

Granted, the article uses anonymous sources and did cite someone close to Barber that denied these claims. But if Barber is classy enough to leave his pregnant wife for a 23-year-old woman, then none of the above claims seem far-fetched. Plus, why would an anonymous source make up a story about Barber spending the night at Johnson’s dorm? What’s in it for them?

People break up – it happens. But this situation seems ultra-shady and Barber looks like a hypocrite given how critical he has been in the past of his own father for abandoning him, his twin brother Ronde and his mother when he was younger.

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