Tiki Barber is not the retiring type -- the former running back says he wants to attempt a comeback in the NFL. But it won't be with the New York Giants, where he spent his entire ten-year career.
Barber walked away from the game after the 2006 season at age 31, saying he was bored with the game and wanted leave without serious injury.
Since then he worked for NBC on "Football Night in America" and "The Today Show." NBC declined to renew his contract last year, and he has been doing video work for Yahoo! Sports.
But now he has the itch to get back into football.
"After seeing my (twin brother Ronde) still have fun at our age, it reignited the fire. I'm really looking forward to the challenge of seeing if I can get back to the level of where I was," Barber told FOXSports.com exclusively. "I started working out again recently. It kind of shocked myself. I still had a lot of the strength I had before. I'm really looking forward to making a return."
"He has officially filed his papers with the league," Barber's manager, Mark Lepselter, told the New York Post. "The Giants do retain his rights, and we'll see where the chips fall."
Those chips have already fallen -- according to ProFootballTalk.com, the Giants said in a statement that they will release Barber.
“We wish Tiki nothing but the best, and when we are able to make the transaction, we will release him from our reserve/retired list."
The NFL is negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement and no roster moves can be made until a deal is in place.
Lepselter told ESPNNewYork.com Barber will have no problem finding a new team."We are optimistic there will be opportunities for him."
Barber is currently 22nd on the all-time rushing list with 10,449 yards.