For two players who haven't played football for years, former Giants stars Tiki Barber and Plaxico Burress have been dominating the sports pages here in NY during the current NFL Lockout.
Both players are hellbent on redemption and plan to make their football comebacks count. Barber is coming back after four years of self-imposed exile in which he completely blew up his media career and saw his personal life implode in that same forum. In his absence, the Giants won a Super Bowl and have moved on without him.
Burress, who caught the winning TD in that Super Bowl, is a free man after serving 21 months in prison for shooting himself in the leg -perhaps the biggest bonehead move in the history of NY sports. The Giants will probably pass on Burress this time around. 'Been there, done that' seems to be the attitude.
Now, both men's comebacks seem headed in the same direction: Pittsburgh.
The Steelers have shown interest in both players. Barber is said to be leaning towards accepting an offer from the Steelers once free agency opens this summer.
On last night's HBO Sports With Bryant Gumbel, journalist Armen Keteyian - who interviewed Tiki for the opening segment - commented that he felt Barber would end up in Pittsburgh.
Plaxico began his career with the Steelers and they are need of a veteran wideout since it does not look like Hines Ward will be returning. QB Ben Roethlisberger has been open about bringing back his former teammate and neighbor.
"I've talked to Plax a number of times in the last couple of weeks," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I told him, 'Hey, if you came back here that would be awesome, but I'm just happy to see you playing again' because he's a good guy."