Barry Church

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Barry Church
No. 42  Dallas Cowboys
Position: Strong safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-02-11) February 11, 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school: Penn Hills
College: Toledo
Undrafted: 2010
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 286
Interceptions: 3
Passes defended: 12
Forced fumbles: 5
Stats at

Barry Michael Church (born February 11, 1988) is an American football Strong safety for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.[1] He went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Church attended Penn Hills High School, where he was a two-sport star in football and track. In football, he recorded 80 tackles, 9.0 sacks and four interceptions while playing safety as a senior, that year he also played wide receiver, catching 30 passes for 670 yards and four touchdowns. He was named to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s "Terrific 25" team, second-team all-state Class AAAA, first-team Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League-East honors, and played in the Big 33 Football Classic.

Also an standout track & field athlete, Church was one of the state's top performers in the triple jump event, and captured the state title at the 2005 PTFCA Indoor State Championships with a leap of 14.32 meters (46 ft, 7 in).[2] In addition, he also recorded a 4.47-second 40-yard dash at the Metro Index camp.

Church was a four-year starter while at The University of Toledo, finishing with 354 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 9 interceptions, 18 pass breakups, 6 forced fumbles and 3 blocked kicks. In his first year he was named second-team freshman All-American by The Sporting News and would be selected first-team All-MAC four straight years, becoming the first Toledo and the third Mid-American Conference player ever to achieve that distinction.

As a senior he was second on the team with 98 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss, one interception, one forced fumble, 2 pass deflections and 3 blocked kicks. He was one of the semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award and also played in the East-West Shrine Game.

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft because of concerns about his speed, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.[3] As a rookie he was active for every game except the season opener, finishing fourth on the team with 16 special teams tackles while also contributing 14 tackles on defense. In 2011 he became a key substitute in the defensive packages, until dislocating his right shoulder in the fourteenth game of the season against the New York Giants and being placed on the injured reserve list.

After two seasons of increasing playing time as a hybrid linebacker and safety, in 2012 he won the starting strong safety position a few weeks into training camp. He suffered a season ending torn Achilles injury in the third game of the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was lost for the year. Still rehabbing from a serious injury, the Cowboys took a gamble that he would make a full recovery and on October 26, 2012, Church resigned with a four-year contract.[4]

In 2013, he quickly regained his starter job and helped improve a position where three different safeties started next to him throughout the year. When injuries impacted the depth at linebacker, Church also provided help by playing linebacker on passing situations. He would lead the team in tackles from his safety position with 135, and in solo tackles with 107, which also led all NFL defensive backs. He registered his first career interception, 6 passes defensed and led the team with 3 forced fumbles. In 2014, he led the team with 110 tackles (2 for loss), while also recording two interceptions, six passes defensed, one quarterback pressure, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.


  1. ^ "NFL profile". Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
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  3. ^ "17 Undrafted Rookies Agree To Terms". 2010-04-25. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  4. ^ Rapoport, Ian (2012-10-26). "Barry Church, Dallas Cowboys sign four-year contract extension". National Football League. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 

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