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Fassel: I'd take Tiki

Former Giants running back Tiki Barber is working

Former Giants running back Tiki Barber is working out at Carini's House of Iron in Pine Brook, N.J. as part of his training program to return to the NFL after retiring four years ago. (June 27, 2011) Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Former Giants running back Tiki Barber had hoped to stage an NFL comeback, but hasn’t been signed by anyone and may not get a chance any time soon, if at all. But former Giants coach Jim Fassel, who helped develop Barber into a Pro Bowl running back, has a job for Barber if he wants it. 

Fassel reached out to Barber a few days ago and told him he’d welcome him on the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League. Fassel, the Locomotives’ president, head coach and general manager, hasn’t heard back from Barber. 

“I know Tiki is very disappointed about the NFL, and I have enough respect for him to give him his space,” Fassel said. “I’m not going to talk anybody into playing, and I care about Tiki a lot, and I’m going to give him his space. I left a message and I said, ‘I’m here for you, and I look at myself as a friend before I look at myself as a coach.’” 

Barber had met with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin at the Super Bowl in Dallas and sensed that there might be an opportunity to play in the NFL. He resumed training, but hasn’t signed. He worked out for the Dolphins two weeks ago but was not offered a contract.

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