Tuesday, March 8, 2011
In Tiki's honor: Who do we want back?
By Paul Kuharsky
In honor of the news that running back Tiki Barber, who last played in 2006 for the New York Giants, is coming out of retirement, I searched for guys from the recent past of the AFC South we’d most like to see return to action.
Would you like to see former Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Tarik Glenn back in the NFL this season?
But the fact of the matter is few players leave the league without being asked to do so. There isn't a lengthy list of return candidates to comb through.
If you could freeze a guy from the recent past when he stopped playing and have him back today, who would you want?
Like Barber, Glenn retired after the 2006 season. The Colts anticipated one more year out of their left tackle and his departure forced Tony Ugoh into action ahead of schedule. Ugoh eventually busted, and Charlie Johnson, not a natural at the spot, has done the best he can holding the spot down the last few years.
Glenn was the team’s No. 1 pick, 19th overall, in 1997 out of Cal. He had a reasonably long career but Indianapolis would certainly have taken more, especially considering the failures at replacing him. He was 31 and coming off a Super Bowl win when he called it quits. Five seasons later, if he was fit and rested, he could probably still help.