Tiki Barber Blasts Eli Manning in Giants Feud
By Josh Hart
Aug 30, 2007
Tiki Barber and Eli Manning are still going at it. Barber questioned ex-teammate Eli Manning's leadership abilities in an interview on Sunday, then Eli responded, and now the fight is on. Barber was quoted as saying that when Eli tried to give motivational pre-game speeches, he sounded "comical." When Manning heard the comments from Barber, he replied that maybe Barber should take a look at himself first, because Barber's pending retirement served as a distraction all season long.
According to the New York Daily News, the Giants quarterback hit back hard at his former teammate, two days after Barber questioned Manning's leadership skills on TV. Manning not only dismissed Barber's critique as irrelevant, but he also questioned the ex-Giant's leadership skills, too.
"I'm not going to lose any sleep about what Tiki has to say," Manning said before practice at the University at Albany. "I guess I could have questioned his leadership skills last year with calling out the coach and having articles about him retiring in the middle of the season, and (how) he's lost the heart (to play). As a quarterback you're reading that your running back has lost the heart to play the game and it's about the 10th week. I can see that a little bit at times."
The Post Chronicle reports that recently, on Siruis Radio's The "Barber Shop," Tiki recruited some help in attempt to further damage Eli's reputation. Twin brother Ronde Barber accompanied Tiki on the set and joyously joined in on a pathetically immature mocking of the New York Giants quarterback.
It was a constant barrage for almost two hours with Ronde made comments about Eli's "testes finally dropping" and Tiki added that "Kerry Collins was a true leader," claiming the Giants "shouldn't have let him go."
Well that didn't make Peyton Manning very happy. Manning said, "Ex-players truly become ex-players right away, the No. 1 job is to criticize players. I'm pretty defensive of all quarterbacks. Eli is my brother. I'm very loyal to my family. I'd rather you criticize me. I don't think anybody knows what it's like to be a quarterback except a current quarterback."
"Sometimes former quarterbacks forget what's it's like. You cannot play quarterback at any level - you're in a leadership position. To do it for three years in high school, three years as a starter in college, taking your team to the playoffs - you are a leader and you're a good leader."
Great start to the season with one week left before the NFL gears up for real.
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