Four years after retiring, former Giants running back Tiki Barber has filed for reinstatement to the NFL for the 2011 season. Barber hung up his cleats after the 2006 season while still performing at a top level.
The New York Giants, who still retain his rights, have announced that they will release him once he is reinstated by the league. While Barber is yet to comment, his agent Mark Lepselter indicated that there was interest coming from several teams.
Barber, now 35, would be considered well past his prime for that position. In 2006, his last year in the league, Barber rushed for 1,662 yards and many considered the retirement premature. Post-retirement he entered a career in broadcasting, working the booth for NBC. His contract with the network ran through 2010 and was not renewed.
Tiki’s twin brother Ronde recently signed a 1-year deal with Tampa Bay which will be his 15th year in the league. A forthcoming announcement from Barber is to be expected within the next couple days.