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Posted at 2:34 PM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Tiki Barber plans to end retirement, play in 2011

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 3:44 p.m. with Riggins' comeback. Excellent.

Tiki Barber, the former New York Giants running back and erstwhile "Today" and "Football Night in America" correspondent for NBC, has filed paperwork with the NFL, ending his retirement from football.

"After seeing my brother still have fun at our age, it re-ignited the fire," Tiki Barber told Fox's Jay Glazer. "I'm really looking forward to the challenge of seeing if I can get back to the level of where I was. I started working out again recently. It kind of shocked myself. I still had a lot of the strength I had before. I'm really looking forward to making a return."

Barber, who will turn 36 next month, has not played since the 2006 season and is the the property of the Giants. However, they're expected to release him, according to the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano, but cannot do so now because rosters are frozen during labor talks between the NFL and players' union. Barber rushed for 1,662 yards and five touchdowns in 2006; over his career, he rushed for 10,449 yards with a 4.7-yard average.

Barber's personal and professional life have been in shambles recently. Last April, he left his wife, who was pregnant with twins, for a former NBC intern. Citing a morals clause, NBC terminated his contract, which reportedly was worth more than $300,000 annually. By June, according to the New York Post, Barber was broke and could not pay his divorce settlement with his ex-wife.

Naturally, there's instant speculation about where he might land. Naturally, there's instant speculation that he might land with the Redskins.

plz plz PLZ let #redskins 1 ***NOT*** be fueling up to fly to wherever #tikibarber lives. plz plz PLEASE!!!!less than a minute ago via Tweetie for Mac

If Tiki busts a thousand, I'm going to have to come out @ 63! The only record I got in the NFL is for Seniors, the Geezer Grand.less than a minute ago via Mobile Web

By Cindy Boren  | March 8, 2011; 2:34 PM ET
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Comments

It's amazing what havoc getting your girlfriend pregnamt can cause when your wife finds out about it! LOL

This should end in training camp.

Posted by: johnmarshall5446 | March 8, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, 36-year old running backs. . .they are in great demand in the NFL. . .

Posted by: joelcavicchia | March 8, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

He was ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE on the Today show. I mean the guy was so wooden that he attracted termites. And shame on him for desserting his family.

Posted by: forgetthis | March 8, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

He should have told that intern that he was Ronde and this never would have been an issue...

Posted by: ozpunk | March 8, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

@ozpunk. lol.

These guys make such bad decisions.

He never learned the lesson "it is cheaper to keep her".

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 8, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

What he should have done is pulled a Costanza, told NBC, "Was that wrong? I have to plead ignorance here."

Posted by: Cindy Boren | March 8, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Who would want him on their team, after he retired and then bashed the players he'd worked next to for years? Classless.

Posted by: glazer68 | March 8, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Excellent time to unretire to play for the 2011 season. Of course, there will be no 2011 season.

Posted by: glazer68 | March 8, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

If he wanted to be creative, he would say he wants to come back but change positions.

Posted by: alex35332 | March 8, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

"After seeing my brother still have fun at our age, it re-ignited the fire," Tiki Barber told Fox's Jay Glazer.

Translation: "After my wife was awarded everything I own and I was fired from my jobs I was lucky to have, I desperately need money."

Posted by: peauxsucent888 | March 8, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"Last April, he left his wife, who was pregnant with twins, for a former NBC intern"

The NFL ought to have a morals clause and not let him back in. What a scumbag.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 8, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

He'll be on the Skins roster. Snyder will give him a 7 mill signing bonus and then he'll be cut after first reg season game.

Posted by: dbunkr | March 8, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Have the Redskins signed him yet and if so, what was the signing bonus, $10 million?

Posted by: PastBoy | March 8, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I didn't see dbunkr's post before I posted.

Posted by: PastBoy | March 8, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

This is working out well. Tiki has already gone from a $7M bonus to $10M.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | March 8, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

this is just awesome. if you sit by the river long enough...

i really REALLY hope the skins sign him. he is a perfect fit for DC. a malcontent who is well past his prime. maybe he can coach too?

Posted by: funkey | March 8, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

And now Riggins is contemplating a comeback. (Hit refresh.) Outstanding.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | March 8, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Another scholar from Mr. Jefferson's university.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | March 8, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

kcroyal2011 said: no team is going to want a slow old running back who hasnt played in 5 years lol, what a joke.
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I betcha the Redskins have already called NY inquiring about his rights...

Posted by: morrisday1 | March 8, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Remember Larry Johnson and Willie Parker? Enough said. Stick with Torian and go after speedy youngsters.

Posted by: RedCherokee | March 8, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Tiki Barber? REALLY? Vinny must be advising Coach Mike and Bruce Allen now.

Posted by: BenThere | March 8, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

This idiot must really need some money to try a comeback at 36 yrs old. The Redskins will definitely sign him to play alongside the rest of the losers on the team.

Posted by: bdhill11 | March 8, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm bored, I'm broke, I'm back.

Posted by: TS1231 | March 8, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

"Citing a morals clause, NBC terminated his contract"

That's rich. Did they terminate Bryant Gumbel's contract for leaving his wife? Or is it Tiki is the first NBC employee to boff an intern.

Posted by: michaelmagnus9 | March 8, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Cindy Boren writes as well as Tiki Barber speaks:

CB- "Barber's personal and professional life have been in shambles recently."

TB- "It kind of shocked myself."

In any case, please Snyder... don't give away your millions on this has-been.

Posted by: Menidia | March 8, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey, if he doesn't make it, let the babe bring in the bacon.

Posted by: llrllr1 | March 8, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Is it April 1st already?

Posted by: hisroc | March 8, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, Tiki is desperate for money. He most likely is going to become the NFL's answer to Joe Louis and most likely will meet the same ill fate that Joe did when he tried to come back.

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | March 8, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

"Another scholar from Mr. Jefferson's university."


He actually graduated with a 3.9 GPA from UVa's MacIntyre School of Commerce. A top 10 undergrand business program---although apparently they don't teach you the importance of prenups

Posted by: Rory14 | March 8, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Love it..These players who let their egoes get in the way after they have blown their money...Too bad Tiki didn't learn how to be a warm and fuzzy guy after leaving the playing field. Now he wants attention and money AGAIN...Not going to happen Tiki and you are in for a rude awakening to find out how well you are really LIKED.

Posted by: pentagon40 | March 8, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The Skins will sign Tiki and Randy Moss + Favre and Ray Lewis in 3 more seasons; just as they once signed washed up over the hill:

Deion, Bruce, Jason T., Gibbs II, Fat Al, McNabb, Brunell, Calvin Hill, Alvin Harper, Shanny, Bingo Caller - LOL, Jean Fugett (look that one up), Lombardi, etc.

They'd sign John Madden if he expressed interest.

Posted by: morrisday1 | March 8, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Bashes the coach,retires, then the Giants win the Super Bowl in the same year! That is what Tikki's legacy will always be!

Quiter...loser...now a broke over the hill scumbag groveling for change.

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy?

Posted by: fatlabriley2 | March 9, 2011 3:52 AM | Report abuse

Yet another stellar representative of UVA. Go Wahoos!

Posted by: dgilday | March 9, 2011 7:14 AM | Report abuse

HTTR as they will be the team that has him in for a free "look-see". this place is a joke around the league from owner, to players, to logo, to name, to dumpster stadium, to food quality there, to the little wayne meets nascar fans. shut this whole load of dung into the anacostia and start from scratch. this is a nightmare gone bad. unless, we can sign that world class santana moss and his Oscar winning goofball hands over the head shtick he does after catching a 5 yd. pass. now that i think about it, we really are a borderline disgrace to the game and deserve TB, have him bring the kids.

Posted by: doyouktt | March 9, 2011 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Poetic justice would be for the Giants to sign him and then stand back and enjoy how his team mates treat him in training camp

Posted by: jimbrooks99 | March 9, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

To bad the show "Lost" is over. I'm sure they could have made a place for him.

Posted by: richs91 | March 9, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

To bad the show "Lost" is over. I'm sure they could have made a place for him.

Posted by: richs91 | March 9, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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