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Dear New York Giants Fans: Time To Forgive Tiki Barber

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 26:  Former NFL player and TV personality Tiki Barber poses with Spongebob character backstage at Nickelodeon's Sixth Annual Worldwide Day of Play with NYC Big Brothers and Big Sisters at Riveride Park on September 26, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
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Richard ReschCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2009

One thing that disappointed me at Sunday's game was the amount of people that booed Tiki Barber, who was introduced before the game as an honorary captain.

For whatever reason, some Giants fans refuse to forgive Tiki for the comments he made about Eli Manning, and for his mid-season retirement announcement.

There were also a number of people at the stadium (myself included) who stood up and shrugged, saying "why are you booing?" It just doesn't make any sense to me. Tiki played every snap of his career as a Giant. He toughed it out for us, and carried the team on his back more than a few times.

For several years, along with Amani Toomer, he was the heart and soul of this team's offense. He is one of the greatest players in Giants history.

Yet people still booed him. Why?

Is it the fact that he retired early? That's really no ones business, but let's not forget that if he hadn't retired, the next season would have been entirely different. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to change a single thing about the 2007 season.

Is it his comments about Eli? I'm sure no one feels worse about those comments than Tiki....you know, since Eli and the Giants won the Super Bowl that year.

Lot's of people say stupid things. It's been over two years, why hold a grudge? Are New Yorkers really that petty?

And seriously, I bet more than half the people who boo Tiki were saying the exact same things about Eli at that time.

Tiki has since said many glowing things about the New York Giants franchise. He said the thought that he is anti-Giants in any way is "insane." Would he really have been an honorary captain if he had something against the team?

The guy is a class act and a Giant for life.

It's time for forgiveness.

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