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Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 03/08/2011

Tiki Barber files papers to un-retire

Tiki Barber, the former New York Giants running back and erstwhile “Today” and “Football Night in America” correspondent for NBC, has filed paperwork with the NFL, ending his retirement from football.

“After seeing my brother still have fun at our age, it re-ignited the fire,” Tiki Barber told Fox’s Jay Glazer. “I’m really looking forward to the challenge of seeing if I can get back to the level of where I was. 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.”

Barber, who will turn 36 next month, has not played since the 2006 season and will be the property of the Giants, who can keep or release him. (Bet heavily on the latter.) Barber rushed for 1,662 yards and five touchdowns in 2006; over his career, he rushed for 10,449 yards with a 4.7-yard average.

Barber’s personal and professional lives have been in shambles recently. Last April, he left his wife, who was pregnant with twins, for a former NBC intern. Citing a morals clause, NBC terminated his contract, which reportedly was worth more than $300,000 annually. By June, according to the New York Post, Barber was broke and could not pay his divorce settlement with his ex-wife.

Naturally, there’s instant speculation about where he might land. Naturally, there’s instant speculation that he might land with the Redskins.

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