Like Amanda Bynes before him, former Giants star running back Tiki Barber has announced his intention to come out of retirement and play again in the NFL, five years after hanging up his cleats. Barber, who turns 36 in April, played all ten years of his career with the Giants, and is the Giants' all-time leading rusher with 10,449 yards. But don't expect him to turn up in blue next season: the Giants don't want him.

Barber retired in 2006 just as he was cresting, after he rushed for 1,860 and 1,662 yards in his final two seasons, the best of his career. In the wake of his retirement, he left a trail of bad blood: he immediately started criticizing the team, and he said Tom Coughlin's coaching style was part of the reason he stopped playing. He took a gig at the "Today" show and NBC's NFL pregame show, but neither worked out—plus the Giants won the Super Bowl after he left!

His reputation wasn't exactly sterling after he dumped his pregnant wife for a 23-year-old blonde former intern. To put the icing on the cake, he was then sued by cycling fitness chain Flywheel, who said his scandal enraged their "core clientele," and rendered him "worthless overnight" as their celebrity spokesman.

But he says he was reinvigorated by watching his twin brother playing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and by his trainer. "I'm really looking forward to the challenge of seeing if I can get back to the level of where I was. I started working out again recently. I kind of shocked myself. I still had a lot of the strength I had before. I'm really looking forward to making a return," he told reporters yesterday.

Instead of the Giants or Jets, Barber could end up with his brother in Tampa Bay, or possibly as a backup with the Redskins, Broncos or Saints. Fellow former Giant Antonio Pierce isn't sold on Barber's comeback, nor does he think he'll be a leader in the locker room: "From personal experience, he didn't do anything to help the Giants [in] 2006 when he decided to retire in the middle of the season and then months later question our quarterback and our head coach. That is my problem with Tiki Barber...the guy can play. Can he do it four years later? I don't think he can." Barber's agent responded, "Tiki's not going to waste his time with Antonio Pierce."