Tiki Barber Coming Out Of Retirement

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Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber has filed paperwork to return to the NFL, according to multiple reports.

Barber hasn't played in the NFL since retiring after the 2006 season.

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

Barber, who will turn 37 on April 7, said his fire for the game was reignited by seeing how much fun twin brother Ronde is still having playing cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tiki Barber told Glazer that, "I'm looking forward to the challenge of seeing if I can get back to the level of where I was."

The question now is where he will play. He has to be activated and released by the Giants, and isn't likely to return to the team for which he rushed for 10,449 yards between 1997-2006. The Giants have a backfield tandem in Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs, and Barber had an up and down relationship with coach Tom Coughlin.

He was also critical of quarterback Eli Manning's leadership abilities shortly after retiring.

One potential landing spot could be in Tampa with his brother. The Bucs have second-year running back LeGarrette Blount and Carnell Williams in their current backfield.

After retiring in 2006, Barber was a correspondent for The Today Show on NBC until last May, and also was a studio analyst for Sunday Night Football.Copyright © 2011, Reuters

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