Tiki Barber’s new book Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond has apparently landed in the hands of The New York Daily News, who has made it public that Barber is taking more swings at his former employer, the New York Giants. Barber, who has made numerous disparaging comments about the Giants since he retired from the NFL, opens up more on Coach Tom Couglin and the organization as a whole.
“If Tom Coughlin had not remained as head coach of the Giants, I might still be in a Giants uniform,” Barber writes. “He robbed me of what had been one of the most important things I had in my life, which was the joy I felt playing football. I had lost that. He had taken it away.”
Barber does credit Coughlin for curing his fumbling problems, but he seems to think there was more take than give from his coach. Barber did have the three best seasons of his career under Coughlin, but apparently from a mental standpoint they were his worst.
“It’s a double-edged sword, because as much as Coach Coughlin helped me, I also helped Tom Coughlin,” Barber wrote, according to the newspaper. He also goes on to explain that he lost out on roughly $10 million by staying with the Giants, when compared to what other top running backs around the league were making at the time.
Barber retired at the end of last season to become a news and sports broadcaster for NBC. He appears regularly on the Today Show and Football Night in America. His twin brother Rhonde is still active in the NFL as a starting cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.