On Monday, retired New York Giants running back Tiki Barber joined Reddit.com for an AMA, which is also know as "ask me anything." The purpose of the collaboration, as you might have guessed, was to engage the fans and, literally, answer anything they asked. It was a bold move for Barber, who has both loyal fans who never waiver in their support of him, and fans who refuse to forgive him for what they deem "selfish behavior."
Whether you support Barber or not, the concept behind an AMA was an intriguing one. He's made some interesting and controversial choices in both his career and personal life, so opening Pandora's Box was a major selling point. Needless to say, the AMA did not disappoint, and Barber held nothing back in his answers.
As personal as some of the questions got, it was a simple inquiry about which defender he would most often try to avoid that garnered the most bizarre and interesting answer.
Let that sink in for a moment. Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro, used to tickle Tiki Barber under the pile, on the field, during actual NFL games.
Barber failed to elaborate on it any further, and didn't answer any follow-ups, so that begs the question: is tickle torture in the NFL common practice? It seems rather bizarre, especially when you consider that most players have horror stories about what goes on in the pile (case in point: Bill Romanowski purposely broke the fingers of David Meggett during a pile-up).
On the other side of things however, they do call it the "City of Brotherly Love" for a reason. But it's still strange to think that the Eagles' most fearsome linebacker would use fluttering fingers to mess with opposing players.
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