Memoirs of Tiki

During the season's final few weeks, TGI will take an up-close look at the wonderful and brilliant career of Tiki Barber, who plans to retire at season's end. We'll get Barber's thoughts on various Giants topics. However, in this first installment, we'll get to hear what some of his peers recall as their fondest Tiki memory. Read on and enjoy.

Antonio Pierce: "He did slap me when I was covering him (for the Redskins) the year before I got here. We were talking trash. It was on a pass play here at the Stadium. I was covering him on a route and he gave me a little smack to the face. I tried to draw a penalty on him but they didn't call it, of course.

"His best game that I saw was last year against the Redskins after Mr. Mara died. The way he played and the way he carried himself and the way he carried the entire team was impressive."

Derrick Ward: "Tiki is just an all-around cool guy that's down to earth. You wouldn't think somebody of his stature would be just a regular down-to-earth guy. He's a playmaker. He's like a brother to all of us. We're going to miss him when he leaves, but all good things come to an end.

"During my rookie year against Detroit (2004), he caught a screen pass and went (62) yards with it. Just that run stood out in my mind. I was like, ‘okay, Tiki Barber is the real deal.' Ever since then there have been thousands of plays that I've wondered how the heck he did it. Brandon (Jacobs) and I always kid with him that he's basically a big back. He runs like he's a big back."

LaVar Arrington: "When I first got here, I called him ‘Cinderella Man.' Early on in my career I used to knock Tiki Barber's ass all around the field. I think it was like the last three or four times I went against him I could tell there was something different about him. He wasn't the same dude. At some point, he just became a different fella. He was a lot harder to deal with on the field. I used to hit him and he'd fumble and all kinds of stuff like that. He just changed. Now he doesn't go down when he's hit. He's just been so much better."

Plaxico Burress: "I was watching a show where they were following him around and he got out of his car at like 10 or 11 at night. He looked right into the camera and said, ‘I guess I'll go inside and have a few drinks and unwind, sleep is overrated.' "

Shaun O'Hara: "Probably the most special one was my first year here (2004) when we played Dallas on a Sunday night, the last game of the year. He scored the winning touchdown on a draw. He kind of ran right off to the left. He broke the rushing record, scored a touchdown and we won the game. That was pretty special. I'll never forget that."

Jay Feely: "I think his best moment came at Mr. Tisch's funeral. I forget the exact line but he basically said something about feeling like he was Jewish. That was classic because he brought down the house – even at a funeral. He does a very good job communicating when he's speaking. It's hard at a funeral to bring any levity without being disrespectful."

Will Demps: "This past training camp his kids were on the field and he was running around with them. That was a good family-oriented experience. It showed that no matter how hard he worked he still had the energy and desire to run around with his kids after practice. That just shows who he is and what he always represents. He's a class act guy. No matter what, he always had time for his kids, even in training camp when it's hot and we're all dragging out there."

Brandon Jacobs: "It has to be a run he had last year against Dallas. He got hit like three times. They hit him, knocked him in the air. He spun in the air, landed on one foot and ran for 15 more yards. He has great balance and is a great back. He might be the only back in the league that could do that."

Jim Finn: "The run he had last year against Dallas. He spun around and landed on his feet in mid-stride. That best exemplifies what he's like. It's been great blocking for him for all these years. He does a lot of things to make the guys in front of him look better than they are. It's been an honor.

"Off the field, he's still the cool, calm, collected guy he is all the time. Even at his house, a restaurant or wherever he is, he's always Mr. Smooth."

Osi Umenyiora: "Just listening to him speak. We were at Mr. Tisch's funeral. He got up there and talked and it was impressive. I wish I was like that, man. Just the way he talks, the way he carries himself and presents himself. It's good."

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