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    Tiki Barber would still be Giant if Tom Coughlin was not coach, former RB's memoir reveals

    BY JONATHAN LEMIRE
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
    Tuesday, September 4th 2007, 4:00 AM



    In his memoir, 'Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond,' Tiki Barber writes: 'If Tom Coughlin (below) had not remained as head coach of the Giants, I might still be in a Giants uniform.'



    Tiki Barber says he would still be playing football if the Giants had a new head coach.

    The recently retired star running back has used his new memoir to rip Big Blue boss Tom Coughlin, blaming his former head coach for driving him from the game he loved.

    "If Tom Coughlin had not remained as head coach of the Giants, I might still be in a Giants uniform," Barber wrote in his upcoming book "Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond," excerpts of which were obtained by the Daily News.
    "[Coughlin] robbed me of what had been one of the most important things I had in my life, which was the joy I felt playing football," Barber wrote. "I had lost that. He had taken it away."

    Barber has unleashed a steady stream of verbal jabs at his former coach and teammates since he walked off the gridiron in January at the age of 31 to pursue a TV career.

    Barber, who landed a regular gig on NBC's "Today" and its upcoming "Sunday Night Football" telecasts, most recently engaged in a war of words with Eli Manning, accusing the young Giants quarterback of not showing enough leadership.

    Most of his vitriol in the book is reserved for Coughlin. Though he credits his former coach for helping solve a chronic fumbling problem, Barber believes his on-the-field performance saved Coughlin's job.

    "It's a double-edged sword, because as much as Coach Coughlin helped me, I also helped Tom Coughlin," he wrote. Barber says he believes the Giants' win over the Redskins in 2006 - which put them into the playoffs - allowed Coach Coughlin to keep his job.

    In last season's final game, Barber rushed for a career-best 234 yards against Washington. The Giants were knocked out of the playoffs the following week in his last game.

    He says he came to resent the way he was being treated so much by the end of last season that he decided to quit even though his love for football never waned.

    In the book, Barber defends his decision to walk away from football even though he was still clearly at the top of his game, having just become the Giants' all-time leader in rushing yards and receptions.

    "The fans normally only see me suited up on Sunday," Barber wrote. "They never witness the agony of Monday morning, or all the muscle-straining workouts, the practices, the blood, the sweat, and tears it takes to walk out onto the field.

    He wrote that fans who don't witness the pain athletes go through can't understand why so many sports figures quit. He said that by walking away, true-blue fans saw him as a heretic, while those who saw football as a war considered him a deserter. He also slams the Giants for underpaying him, claiming he made about half of what some of the NFL's other top running backs made.

    Barber says Big Blue shorted him about $10 million over his career.

    He said the Giants should have won more championships over the years, but failed to do so because they have never been too smart about attracting and retaining high-caliber players or coaches.

    Longtime Giants fans have never forgiven the owners for letting two of the best coaches in football - Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry - get away. Both took head coaching jobs after the Giants failed to promote them. Barber angrily rebutted those in the media who slammed his decision to announce his retirement during the middle of last season.

    "It was overwhelmingly negative," he wrote. "One theme: I was a 'distraction' to my teammates. I was labeled self-centered, a loose cannon, not a team player."

    The 240-page book, which Barber co-wrote with Gil Reavill and was published by Simon Spotlight, goes on sale Sept. 18.

    jlemire@nydailynews.com
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    Tiki is a fool.
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    That's what he says now, he's said a lot of other things before. He's just an attention whore.
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    Somehow he knew Coughlin would be coach this year during the middle of last season? I don't buy it.
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    I'm not a huge Coughlin guy, but Tiki seems like a TOTAL tool.
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    Barber just needs to shut up already. He is violating one of the biggest rule of journalism - don't become part of the story. Barber's constant bashing of Coughlin and Eli Manning goes beyond the scope of a former player who is now in the media giving the inside view of the team he used to play for. Now he is using his media position as a weapon in his efforts to bash Coughlin and his former team.

    Tiki needs to get over himself. Coughlin's job is to win games, not to spark Barber's passion for the game.

    Doesn't Barber kinda validate Eli Manning's claims that Barber didn't show heart last year? Barber blasted Eli for questioning his heart last year (after Tiki questioned Eli's heart), but he is basically admitting his heart wasn't in football because of Coughlin.

    Tiki is starting to become a joke and if he doesn't end his vendetta against Coughlin through his media jobs, his broadcasting career could be very short lived.

    I like it when former players who get talking heads jobs speak their minds (did you hear that Dan Marino?), but I think pushing personal agendas are worse than the talking heads who won't say anything bad about players or coaches.
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    Tiki used to fumble about 3 times a game and was considered a second-rate running back; it wasn't until Coughlin came along that he became a star. He owes Coughlin for teaching him to hold onto the football and designing an offense around his strengths; yet, like with the vitriol towards Eli, Tiki's looking for more and more attention. He's like the Giants' new Ron Borges, just worse because at least Borges didn't play for the team and wasn't a beloved figure at some point during his career.
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    Tiki has NO class - Skilled but has NO class

    End of story
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    Actually, I think Tiki is worse than Borges. As bad as Borges was, he at least was savvy enough to blatantly attack Belichick in every article or media appearance. It took a while to really identify Borges vendetta vs.. Belichick. Most people thought he was just a Bledsoe supporter at first, but didn't realize Bledsoe was irrelevant and he was just gunning for Belichick.
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    Why, oh why, can't professional athletes be thankful for their opportunities? Why can't Tiki say that he's happy he got to play in NY, that he understands why people want him to keep playing but that he looked at guys like Eddie George and even - gasp - Earl Campbell and decided to get out while he could still get out of bed by himself in less than three minutes, and thanks to all his fans for their concern?

    I know football must be difficult, but how did Tiki forget that most people have to work for a living, and it doesn't involve scores or highlights or switching careers to report on the status of cotton candy at the state fair in Iowa?

    Yeesh.
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    Wow, that article reads like it's trying to sell a book or something...
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    Tiki is all about himself. It truly amazed me when he announced his retirement last season, which was a big distraction and disruption around the team, he never implied it was for anything other than wanting to start a career for the rest of his life. He even gave a tour of his Manhattan town house and talked about how he was ready for "the next stage." Right! Now he comes back with this as he has a book out. Choice! What an idiot!

    On top of this, his assessment of Eli lacking necessary leadership was just uncalled for and exhibited low class. As a former teammate, he didn't need to be the one to say this. Man, wouldn't want Tiki in my foxhole. He'd bail at the first sign of trouble and blame it on someone else.

    Bottom line, this guy is getting ready to come back to football. Here's a guy who wanted to be involved in straight news, and he can't stop talking about the game he left. I'm betting he's back in the NFL shortly and will do anything to hook on with a team other than the Giants.
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    Tiki's a tool for saying (and is hurting his reputation IMO) but from a fellow employee I work with there is not a lot of love for Coughlin from ex players. I work with a guy who played for Coughlin at BC. You would expect this guy to think Coughlins the greatest for the success they had while he played there but not so. He still hates Coughlin and gave me a great example of how the team felt about him. Coughlin was in the weight room working out while the team was as well. Coughlin was doing bench presses by himself and got to a point where he couldn't get the weight up. The entire team saw him flopping around trying to get the weight up but NOBODY would help him with the spot they just watched him. Finally some trainers ran over to help get the weight off him.
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    Tiki needs to STFU.
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    Someone get Tiki a kleenex. What a little baby.
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    folks down here in the apple are getting sick of tiki. looks like he wanted to make a splash as he entered the media world, but now he's in danger of drowning in the backwash...
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    this is why the belichick to nyg rumors get started. it's hard to figure out why the gints kept coughlin on for this season other than that there was no one they liked better out there last spring. there's also been a parcells rumor, a charlie weis rumor and, of course, multiple cowher rumors.

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