But what an uphill battle he faces.
From a football standpoint... "age" goes against Tiki. Even the most well conditioned athlete's slow down as they get older; however, they are still athletic and competitive...but a changing athlete. Metabolism and flexibility just changes. The healing process slows down and diet becomes everything.
So, even if Tiki is a work out freak, which I believe he is...the mental part of the game is a HUGE part of the conversation. Every guy I spoke with about this situation mentioned the same thing. There is..."IN SHAPE" and "FOOTBALL IN SHAPE".
Getting blasted by NFL players is something that you have to be ready for, something you embrace, and something you look forward too. Four years removed from the game will take that edge off a player.
Collisions are fierce in the NFL...they are the "ultimate" game changer. If you have ever played ball at a high level...you know what it takes to get through a week, a game....a season. It only takes one hit to ruin a career, so you better be prepared to get hit and also dish out some punishment too.
Some players have a tough time coming back after a year layoff from knee surgery. Running back is just different. You get hit all the time. TV doesn't allow you to the feel the ferociousness of the game.
Lastly...all players love the game...but the GRIND can be unbearable.
Just ask Strahan!
Most older player struggle with all the stuff before Sunday kickoff. Tiki...well, he deserves a chance from the Giants. I understand the Giants brass has had their feelings hurt. One of their star players & faces of the franchise did not appreciate what he had. His ego...got way too BIG! Yes....the Giants are in the driver seat and if he fails...the Giants still look good. But Tiki has value.
He could at least teach Bradshaw how to hold onto the football.