Tiki Barber returning to NFL

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While people wait to see where Plaxico Burress could end up following his release from prison, another former Giants standout could shockingly be returning to football.


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Tiki Barber and his agent told Tuesday that the former Giants running back has decided to return to the NFL.

"After seeing my brother still have fun at our age, it reignited the fire. I'm really looking forward to the challenge of seeing if I can get back to the level  of where I was," Barber, who turns 36 in April, told exclusively. "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 played 10 seasons, all with the Giants. He retired after the 2006 season when he rushed for 1,662 yards. In his final three seasons, Barber ran for 5,040 yards.

"We filed papers for Tiki to come out of retirement" Barber’s agent, Mark Lepselter, told "We filed papers with the commmissioner's office and the Giants. And there are interested parties."


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The Giants now have to activate him and when they do, the team said it will release him.

“We wish Tiki nothing but the best, and when we are able to make the transaction, we will release him from our reserve/retired list,” the Giants said in a statement.

During his time away from the field, Barber served as an NFL broadcast analyst and a correspondent for NBC's "Today" show.

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