Former New York Giant running back Tiki Barber said in a recent interview that due to his many failures as a newscaster, and as a husband battled depression for years. In a tell-all interview with HBO to be aired Tuesday, Barber stated that life without the game was just to hard to deal with, and after getting fired from NBC, along with the publicized scandal with his then 8-month pregnant wife Ginny Barber and current girlfriend Traci Lynn Johnson became too much.
“I remember there were days where I would literally wake up, have coffee, get something to eat and sit on the couch and do nothing for 10 hours,” he said. “I started to shrivel. I didn’t have that confidence. I didn’t have the, that aura anymore.”
In the interview with HBO, Barber states that football is all he has left anymore, “The game never needs you because there’s always someone else to come and take your place,” he said. “But right now, I need the game.”
The major blow to Barber came when tabloids discovered the story that Barber had moved in with former NBC intern Traci Lynn Johnson, while his wife was pregnant with twins. Barber was depicted as an adulterer and trader to his wife. Barber however claimed his marriage to Ginny was over for quite some time.
“I was in a bad marriage,” Barber said in the interview “It was in trouble for a long time. And we decided to get separated. But Ginny got pregnant in the middle of it. And a lot of people think children save marriages; sometimes it makes it worse. And we split soon after she was pregnant."
Barber states that former teamates and coaches as well as current girlfriend Traci, were the ones that really encouraged him to overcome this slump he was in and attempt at a comeback. "I have a wonderful girlfriend who loves me and got me through those bad times when I didn't want to get out of bed or leave the apartment," Barber told the New York Post back in May.
Even though Tiki has been criticized by the media, and former players, one current New York Giant had some positive things to say about Barber's comeback attempt. The man who took over his job after he retired, running back Brandon Jacobs,
“I thought it was absolutely phenomenal that he decided to come back,” Jacobs said to the media while standing outside the team’s East Rutherford headquarters back in late April. “I thought it was good for him and I think he can still play, because he wasn’t one to take a lot of big hits, and the type of game he played, I think he can be out for four years and be able to jump in and do it.”
Although Barber stated that he has battled depression over the years, he is now fully physically and mentally prepared and is gearing up for his comeback attempt in hope of signing and making a difference for a team once the lockout ends.
“There’s a lot of coaches who I both have played against and played for who I think know what I’m about,” Barber said. “And that gives me the belief that this opportunity is for real. And not only am I going to be on a team, I’m going to be a big part of a team.”
Watch what twin brother Ronde had to say about Tiki's comeback attempt here http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/09000d5d8203342f/Ronde-on-Tiki-Barber-s-comeback-attempt
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