New York Giants running back Tiki Barber should be the winner of this yearâ€™s NFL Most Valuable Player Award. As a matter of fact, for those of us who have watched him over the past several seasons, Barber should have won the MVP award at least once between the 2002 and 2004 seasons as well.
There is not a tougher back in the league. There is not a better, all-around back in the league. He certainly can run and he is a threat as a receiver out of the backfield. You canâ€™t talk â€śall-aroundâ€ť unless you include blocking in the mix. For as great as LaDanian Tomlinson is for the Chargers, or Edgerrin James is for the Colts, and for as good as Shaun Alexander, Larry Johnson and Warrick Dunn are, none of these guys block as well as Barber.
And for those who need to see glitzy stats, going into this weekendâ€™s NFL action Barber leads the league in yards from scrimmage. His effort versus the Chiefs on Saturday didnâ€™t hurt his cause at all, as he rushed for a Giants franchise record 220 yards, and almost single-handedly willed the Giants to the teamâ€™s big win.
What makes Barberâ€™s achievements so noteworthy is that at five foot 10 inches tall and about 200 pounds, he is considered to be way undersized to be an effective, every down running back in the NFL. Yet every year he gets his yards both inside and outside the tackles.
Barber works hard off and on the field, and the standard that he has set has been instrumental in whatever success the Giants have enjoyed during his career as a full time player.
No player is more responsible for his teamâ€™s success, especially this season, than Tiki Barber.