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Friday, March 11, 2011
What makes Barber run back to NFL?

By ESPN.com staff

After trying to promote Tiki Barber, then explain him, then advocate for the retired running back the previous two days, agent Mark Lepselter switched tactics Thursday in the face of the backlash Barber has caught since saying he wants to return to the NFL.

Barber's camp has decided no more trading barbs -- for now anyway -- with uncomplimentary ex-Giants teammates like Antonio Pierce and Justin Tuck, the anonymous NFL personnel men who have panned Barber's return plans, or anyone else inclined to suggest Barber is coming back because he needs the money, or something even more trite than that. What if it just proves Barber's ego is making him look silly again?

ESPNNewYork.com's Johnette Howard discusses what's behind Barber's decision.