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Sunday, October 29, 2006


Tiki Barber and the Hall of Fame

Attium Kiambu Barber, a.k.a Tiki Barber may actually be able to get into the Hall of Fame if he retires this year at the age of 31. Tiki had just 68 rushing yards this week, but has been incredible in the first 7 games this season. He is second only to Brian Westbrook in yards per carry among starting RB's. He also leads the league in rushing (pending Chester Taylor's game tomorrow) and yards from scrimmage. So here's the history courtesy of the Stat Rat:

He's currently #21 on the all-time rushing leaders list. The only guys ahead of him on the list who have a higher yards per carry average than his 4.6 are Jim Brown, OJ Simpson, Joe Perry and Barry Sanders. If he had another year and a half similar to the last two years, he would move up to about 14th on the all-time list. He is one of only 6 players to have 4- 200 yard games in their career. The others on the list? OJ, Brown, Earl Campbell, Sanders and LaDanian Thomlinson.

Unlike most running backs, he has gotten better with age. His average per carry for the last 4 years is 4.8 yards. He's also been amazingly durable. In 10 years, he's only missed two games. He's led the league in yards from scrimmage for the last two years and is leading again this year. His 2390 total last year is the second best of all time, only 39 yards behind Marshall Faulk's best year. Remember, Faulk was the best player in the league for at least 3 years. If he has a few more good years, he even has a chance to crack the top 20 in all-time career receptions.

That's just a snapshot, I'm sure we can dig up some other impressive stats as well. By the way, the Giants haven't lost since he announced his retirement intentions.

dan see if you can dig up the players that are under him in YPC and say the players that are 22-40 all time rushers. i am wondering how many of them are already in the hall of fame
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