"I will call them 'idiots' because they have neither spoken to me nor any one of my teammates or any of my coaches, yet all they do is criticize me for being a distraction with this retirement thing...That includes New York Daily News columnist Gary Myers, that includes Tom Jackson on ESPN, that includes the ultimate character guy, facetiously speaking, of course, Michael Irvin (of ESPN), please get a clue how to be a journalist. Don't make blanket assumptions about it (retirement). And obviously, as was evidence (Monday) night, I am a huge distraction to the New York Giants." Tiki said
I guess that about sums it up. Irvin had no place to question Tiki Barber, his morals or his decisions. Not only is Barber a far better athlete and human than Irvin is, was or every will be, he will also become a much better journalist than Irvin when the opportunity presents itself.
People were worried that Barber's retirement talk would become a distraction and originally I thought it wouldn't be. Everyone knew Barber had been considering retirement, so this did not really come as much of a shock. It was not until silly newspaper reporters and 'blanket journalists' started questioning his decisions did it become a problem. Last time I checked Barber was his own person capable of his own decisions. He has spent 10 years in the NFL and served the Giants very well. While I would like nothing more then Barber to stay another year or two, I have no problem with him moving on. He's been nothing but a great player and class act as he's represented the Giants organization over his career. Donating millions of dollars to charity and doing countless hours of community work and writing for children's books. The Giants, the fans and the state of New York could not ask Barber for anymore.
Like he said, anyone who questions him and especially calls him a quitter, are idiots. God speed Tiki, you've done more then enough for the Giants and New York. Now do us all a favor and go take Michael Irvin's job so we do not have to listen to him anymore.