Manning Calls Truce in Barber Feud

'I'll end it here,' says Giants quarterback after trading barbs
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 23, 2007 3:51 AM CDT
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks to pass during Giants NFL training camp in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Aug. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Giants quarterback Eli Manning insists he's no longer feuding with NBC commentator and former teammate Tiki Barber, who recently criticized Manning for lacking leadership skills. "I'm fine with Tiki," Manning said yesterday. "I'll end it here. Hopefully, when we see each other — and we will — it won't be awkward, because I don't want it to be."

Manning had responded to his old running back's digs this week by criticizing Barber's disrespect for the coach and for losing heart after he decided to retire last year. Manning is normally reluctant to court controversy. "This is probably the first time I've fired back," he said. The Giants have rallied behind their helmsman, citing his ability to remain focused. (Read more New York Giants stories.)