Retired New York Giants running back Tiki Barber possesses the most career rushing yards in franchise history, but he is fully prepared to give up that title to the current star backfield talent for the Giants.
“Right now, he’s living it,” Tiki said. “But it’s interesting because he gets compared to at least successful things I did in my career.
“If he stays with the Giants, my records have no chance. He’s going to run through them. But it’s interesting… It took me about four years to figure it out. In 2000 or so, I started to figure it out, 2001 how to be consistent, how to stay healthy and how to be a reliable contributor. Saquon had that from Day 1. And if you start and if you get it [the proverbial ‘get it’] from Day 1 and he had great success — he was Rookie of the Year. I can’t remember if he led the league in rushing, but he was right up there.”
The 23-year-old Penn State product Barkley, who the Giants selected with the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, already burst onto the scene his rookie year, rushing for over 1,300 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns on the ground. Last season, Barkley, in 13 games, rushed for 1,003 yards, scoring six times.
Barber, 45, retired after the 2006 NFL season following 10 years playing professionally, only for New York. In his time in the backfield for the Giants, Barber rushed for 10,449 yards—more than 3,500 more yards than the second-place all-time Giants career rusher, his running back predecessor Rodney Hampton.
Should Barkley have the opportunity to stay a lifelong Giants rusher, there is a solid chance he breaks Barber's record, according to the former Giant himself.