Tiki Barber Booed at Giants' Ring of Honor Ceremony
Barber was a star running back for the Giants from 1997-2006, but has turned fans against him with his words and actions since he retired just before the team's most recent Super Bowl championship season. He received the boos as though he were expecting them, smiling and waving to the fans. When his former teammate, Amani Toomer, was introduced a moment later, cheers went up again and escalated until the final name, Super Bowl XXI MVP Phil Simms, was announced.
The first edition of the Giants' Ring of Honor, which will be displayed around the front of the stadium's upper deck during Giants home games, includes franchise founder TIm Mara and fellow owners Wellington Mara, Jack Mara and Bob Tisch. It also includes former general manager George Young and coaches Steve Owen, Jim Lee Howell and Bill Parcells (who was not in attendance for unknown reasons).
The 22 players in the Ring of Honor include Hall of Famers Mel Hein, Ken Strong, Tuffy Leemans, Emlen Tunnell, Frank Gifford, Rosie Brown, Sam Huff, Andy Robustelli, Y.A. Tittle, Harry Carson and Lawrence Taylor (who was not in attendance for well-known reasons) as well as Al Bozis, Charlie Conerly, Dick Lynch, Joe Morrison, Pete Gogolak, George Martin, Simms, Michael Strahan, Jessie Armstead, Toomer and Barber.
The names will be displayed only for Giants home games. The Giants share the stadium with the Jets, who have their own Ring of Honor and display its names in the same spot when the stadium is converted to green for their home games.