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The NFL's leading rusher apparently is contemplating plans to run into retirement after this season.

 

Tiki Barber

Running Back

New York Giants

 

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS

Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD

102 533 0 22 190 0

 

The Giants' Tiki Barber, who leads the NFL with 533 rushing yards, told The New York Times that he was "leaning toward" retiring and that he has "pretty much" made up his mind. When asked if anything would make him reconsider, Barber told The Times, "nothing."

 

Barber was with his twin brother Ronde at a Manhattan bookstore Tuesday, promoting a children's book the two co-wrote.

 

Although, Mark Lepselter, Barber's business agent, told The Times it was possible the running back still could change his mind, he confirmed that Barber's retirement after the season was very possible.

 

"He's seriously leaning toward it," Lepselter told The Times of Barber's retirement thoughts. "I think he feels he's perfected his craft, in a way, and is ready for something else."

 

Barber, who is a co-host of Fox & Friends on Tuesday mornings, would like to pursue a career in television after his playing days are over. His contract with Fox expires in January and he can begin negotiating with other networks in November.

 

The 31-year-old Barber said after his first practice at training camp in July that he would consider retiring after this season if the right opportunity came along.

 

The NFL's second-leading rusher last season with 1,860 yards, Barber admitted in July that he got a few offers that interested him this past summer.

 

Ernie Acorsi, the Giants' general manager � who also is retiring after this season � told The Times that he wouldn't comment on Barber's retirement plans until he heard them from the Giants' all-time leading rusher himself.

 

However, when Barber does retire, Accorsi told The Times that a spot should be reserved for him in Canton.

 

"You do not replace Tiki Barber, he's a Hall of Famer," Accorsi told The Times. "You have to go beyond the statistics to completely appreciate him, but I think he qualifies on numbers alone."

 

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

 

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I'll believe it when I see it, but Brandon Jacobs must be jumping for joy.

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We'll see. I tend to believe that's his mindset right now, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him return for one more year. He'll be 32 next year, and he should still be in the elite. But after that, it's almost universal that an RB will be on the decline at that age.

 

As for Canton, he's on pace to easily finish the year with career totals over 10,000 yards rushing and 5,000 yards receiving. I heard on the radio that there are as of right now only two guys who can claim that...Walter Payton and Marhsall Faulk. Unfortunately, I just looked that up, and it's dead wrong. Payton did not end up with over 5,000 yards receiving. But still...to be mentioned with Payton and Faulk is pretty heady company. I think Barber gets in.

 

In other news, I just traded Gore for him in my fantasy league, which was only possible due to keeper implications.

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