When New York Giants running back Tiki Barber announced that he would retire following the 2006 regular season, it came as a surprise to many. After all, Barber had appeared to reach his prime and was dominating the league, rushing for over 1,800 yards in 2005 and over 1,600 yards in 2006.
But behind-the-scenes, a war was brewing between Barber and then-head coach Tom Coughlin, who was still in his overbearing disciplinarian phase.
At the time, even future Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan was pondering retirement due to Coughlin military-like style.
Strahan returned, but Barber did not. And the running back wasn’t shy about placing the blame for his early retirement on Coughlin, while also taking shots at young quarterback Eli Manning.
In the years since then, Barber has publicly apologized to Manning and buried the hatchet with the Giants. And on Sunday, he also revealed that Coughlin wasn’t the only reason he decided to walk away from the game of football.