Eli Manning sticks up for Tiki Barber

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning scored some points in the locker room before the '07 season when he fired back at retired running back Tiki Barber regarding some critical comments he'd made. This week, Manning wasn't taking the bait during his weekly visit with ESPN 1050 in New York via sportsradiointerviews.com:

"You know if they’re asking him questions, he’s gonna say something and say whatever is on his mind," said Manning, who always measures his words carefully. "A few years ago, he made comments about me and I kinda fired back and went through the whole deal. Not that I feel bad for Tiki, but it’s unfortunate how everything has happened. My brother told me that when they introduced him [Sunday] there were a lot of boos. It’s just unfortunate because he was a great player for the Giants, had a great career, and was a great player in my first years here and helped us win a lot of games when I wasn’t playing particularly well.

"It’s unfortunate how it’s all happened, but I think he’s definitely deserving of making the Ring of Honor. It’s unfortunate how people view him now because he was a great player for the Giants, but things have happened that are unfortunate."

I think Barber's fortunate Manning took such a gracious approach. And he's right about the positive impact Barber had with the Giants. On the flip side, no one forced Barber to call out his former head coach last week. During a week when you're being honored by the Giants organization, it seems like poor form to talk about how he's losing the locker room.