Tiki Barber By the Hour

December 11, 2012
Photo: The Howard Stern Show

New York Giants great Tiki Barber stopped by to promote his new company, Thuzio, and come January 2nd, his debut as CBS Sports Radio’s morning man: “Opposite you!” Asked if he was one of the greatest running backs of all time, Tiki balked, saying he just fortunate enough to play in the post-Marshall Faulk era: “He was the second field general. He changed the nature of the position. I came into the league right after that. And it fit my style.”

The Cost of the NFL

Tiki said he retired after 10 years–but wishes he’d played one more: “I was getting beat up. … And to be perfectly honest, I didn’t think we were close, as a team, to winning a Super Bowl. And then [snaps] a year later…” But not even a Super Bowl ring can fix the bone spurs in his right knee: “At some point, I’m going to need a reconstruction.”

Asked about the current state of the NFL, Tiki thought the threat of concussions might slow recruitment–parents are starting to think twice about sending their kids off to football camp: “Something has to be done. I don’t know what it is. … There’s something going on that the NFL has to get their hands on.”