Tiki Barber Coming Out Of Retirement

(ESPNNewYork.com) — Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber has filed papers to come out of retirement and try to revive his NFL career, his agent Mark Lepselter confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.

Barber, who turns 36 in April, hasn’t played since the 2006 season with the Giants, where he spent his entire 10-year career. Most recently he has been a correspondent for “The Today Show” and “Sunday Night Football” on NBC.

Barber’s twin brother Ronde plays defensive back for the Buccaneers. Ronde Barber signed a one-year deal last month to return for a 15th season with Tampa Bay.

“After seeing my brother still have fun at our age, it reignited the fire,” Tiki Barber said, according to FOXSports.com. “I’m really looking forward to the challenge of seeing if I can get back to the level of where I was. 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 went out on top, rushing for 1,662 yards and five touchdowns in 2006. He ran for 10,449 yards with a 4.7 yards per carry average in his career.

He rushed for a career-best 1,860 yards in 2005 when he made one of his three Pro Bowls.

After he retired, he said Tom Coughlin’s coaching style was part of the reason he stopped playing. The Giants won the Super Bowl the year after Barber retired.

Barber’s intention to come out of retirement was first revealed on the Twitter account of Maxx Talent, the firm that represents Barber.

Lepselter told FOXSports.com that they have informed the Giants of Barber’s intentions and that “there are interested parties.”