When covering the New York Giants as a beat reporter for the New York Times there was just one player on the team I didn't like: it was Tiki Barber.
I always believed he was a tremendous phony. Easily the most fake athlete I've ever encountered. There were numerous examples but one of the best came recently when he was alleged to have cheated on his eight-month pregnant wife with a young intern.
Not cool, Tiki.
The scandal became huge news here in New York and Barber lost his NBC television job. His wife divorced him and he is alleged to have ended up broke.
That may explain why Barber recently filed for reinstatement to play football again. It's believed the Giants, who have Barber's rights, will activate and release him. One place he might end up is in Denver with John Fox. Fox liked Barber and still does, I'm told.
This will surprise you. I think Barber will actually do well in his comeback. He's hungry, motivated by money, and he never took a huge pounding as a player. Plus, he always worked hard and it won't take him long to get back into football shape.
So Barber is back. The phoniest guy in football is back.