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He did not go into specifics about what those things were however.


You know the Barber retirement thing is no joke when you hear him use the word "Condi.' You know, "Condi,' as in the nickname for Condoleezza Rice, the Secretary of State. He was talking about having lunch with her at the State Department in a riff about how interesting the other side of his life is. He does work for the Fox morning show, Fox and Friends, and hosts an in-season Sirius NFL Radio show with his brother and an offseason general interest and political talk show.
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Barber has had enough of the regimentation and the silly rules (reporting at 8:23 for an 8:30 meeting because you have to be early with the Giants to be on time) and, quite frankly, the physical pain. He told a story of getting hit so hard and so often by personal nemesis Jeremiah Trotter in Week 2 that "I couldn't lift my head off the pillow till Friday after that game.'

I've always thought it was amazing that athletes will endure such pain to play when they've got good money socked away. Barber's not Michael Jordan rich, but he's probably made $30 million in his 10 NFL seasons. He lives on Manhattan's East Side in an upscale building with his wife, Ginny, and two boys, and he bought the apartment next door so her parents could move in and be close to them. So he's not living like a pauper. Let's say he's got a $10 million nest egg, though I'm sure that's conservative.

If you've got a brain in your head and you have options off the field, why wouldn't it be a preferred option to walk away...

MMQB
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