A few months ago, Tiki Barber told Ben McGrath that he thought he'd die with traces of CTE. This has done nothing to dissuade him from attempting a return, after four years off:
In the past year, though, Barber's story has started to sound a bit more familiar, culminating with word earlier this week that he had filed papers with the league to return to football, after a series of ups and then rather furious downs. "After seeing my brother still have fun at our age, it reignited the fire," Barber explained to FOXSports.com, referring to his twin brother Ronde, a cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "I'm really looking forward to the challenge of seeing if I can get back to the level of where I was."But several sports columnists identified another factor: money. In the past year, Barber sparked a public scandal when he left his wife, Ginny--then eight months pregnant with twins--and began dating a twenty-three-year-old intern at NBC, where he had been a football analyst and contributor to the "Today Show." Soon after, the network terminated his contract, citing a "morality clause." In June, several news outlets reported that Barber was broke.