Harris Barton

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Harris Barton
No. 79
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1964-04-19) April 19, 1964 (age 49)
Place of birth: Sandy Springs, Georgia
Career information
High school: Dunwoody (GA)
College: North Carolina
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Debuted in 1987
Last played in 1998
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played 138
Games started 134
Fumble recoveries 2
Stats at NFL.com

Harris Scott Barton (born April 19, 1964) is a fund manager, and former American football offensive lineman who played for the San Francisco 49ers.

Early life[edit]

Harris Scott Barton was born in Sandy Springs, Georgia.[1]

Both of Barton's parents were born into Jewish families from New York City; his mother from an orthodox family in Queens, New York and his father Paul from Brooklyn, New York. Paul Barton was a traveling salesman who sold women's uniforms throughout the Southeastern United States.[2] Both of his parents developed and eventually died of brain cancer, leading Barton later in life to found [1] Champion Charities, which raises money to fund brain tumor research at University of California, San Francisco.[3]

Barton began playing football at age five.[1] He attended [2] Hebrew Academy of Atlanta, now known as the Greenfield Hebrew Academy,[4] through the fifth grade and graduated from Atlanta's Dunwoody High School.[5] Barton was named DeKalb County MVP his senior year at Dunwoody.[6]

College football career[edit]

Barton was recruited by over 100 colleges including University of Southern California, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame, but he eventually chose the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill[1] and UNC's head coach Dick Crum.

Originally thought to be a possible defensive lineman, Barton was switched to center early in his first summer of practice at UNC.[1]

Barton was a four-year starter during his time at UNC; starting center his freshman year, before moving to left tackle mid-season during his sophomore year, playing that position for the remainder of his collegiate career.[7]

He played nose-to-nose against William "Refrigerator" Perry and his brother Michael Dean Perry on national television at Clemson.[1]

Barton was named to a number of All-America teams, including the NCAA's All-American Scholar/Athlete Team and Academic All-ACC.[7] During his senior year Barton was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Outstanding Offensive Lineman.[7]

In 1986, Barton's senior year, the Tar Heels had a record of 7-4-1 (second in ACC) and lost, 30-21, to Arizona in the Aloha Bowl.[8] While at UNC Barton played in the Japan Bowl.[6]

Barton graduated with a BA in Finance from UNC in 1987.[9]

Pro football career[edit]

Barton was a first-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 1987, and the 22nd pick overall.[10] He was the first offensive lineman chosen in the opening round by the San Francisco 49ers since Forest Blue in 1968.[11] During his first year playing for the 49ers, Barton was runner up in Rookie of the Year voting.[12]

In 1994, during the 49ers opener against the Los Angeles Raiders at Candlestick Park, Barton tore his left triceps tendon which required surgery to repair, benching him for part of the '94 season.[13] He was replaced by Harry Boatswain.[13]

During his ten-year pro career he played 138 career NFL games, including 89 consecutive games [1] and three Super Bowls.

Barton started in 134 of his 138 career games.[14] Barton retired after the 1998 season.[15] In March 2011 he was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[16]

After football[edit]

Along with former teammates Ronnie Lott and Joe Montana, Barton was a Managing Partner of Champion Ventures in 1999,[17] raising $40 million in an original round from professional athletes such as Steve Kerr, Barry Bonds, Wayne Gretzky, Peyton Manning,[18] Keyshawn Johnson and Dan Marino.[19]

Champion Ventures, later renamed HRJ, was a fund of funds which invested in private equity, venture capital, and hedge funds and managed $2.4 billion at its peak in May 2008.

In April 2009, the fund was taken over by Capital Dynamics in a bid to augment its fund of funds platform and gain a foothold in Silicon Valley.[20]

In October 2010, he left Capital Dynamics to start the angel investment firm H. Barton Asset Management.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Barton lives in Palo Alto, California, with his wife, Megan,[22] and his four children.[23]

He donates his time to a number of organizations including REDF,[24] The First Tee,[25] Champion Charities (a 501(c) organization, he founded with former teammate and business partner Ronnie Lott),[26] the 49ers Foundation and the Giants Community Fund.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Browning, Wilt (October 25, 2007). "2007 ACC Football Legend: North Carolina's Harris Barton". 
  2. ^ Plaschke, Bill (December 7, 1993). "The Good Son: 49er Lineman Harris Barton Discovers What Really Matters Is His Father". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ Brown, Daniel (June 14, 2012). "Harris Barton assembles QB dream team: Montana, Young, Plunkett, Brady and Rodgers". 
  4. ^ Altman-Ohr, Andy (March 17, 2011). "Giants’ boss, ex-49er give federation breakfast all-star appeal". 
  5. ^ Murphy, Austin (September 5, 1994). "Rt Harris Barton/lt Steve Wallace". CNN. 
  6. ^ a b "Harris Barton". Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  7. ^ a b c "Harris Barton". Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  8. ^ "1986 UNC Football Schedule". Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  9. ^ "Harris Barton". Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  10. ^ Price, Taylor (May 14, 2009). "Harris Barton: 10-Year Club". 49ers.com. 
  11. ^ "Make A Name For Himself? 49er Rookie Has Good Head Start". Chicago Tribune. August 12, 1987. 
  12. ^ Fucillo, David (July 30, 2009). "49ers All-time Offensive Tackle #2". 
  13. ^ a b "49ers' Barton Expected To Miss 10 Weeks". September 9, 1994. 
  14. ^ "Harris Scott Barton". Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  15. ^ a b "Harris Scott Barton". Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  16. ^ "Harris Barton". Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  17. ^ "Company Overview of HRJ Capital". 
  18. ^ Lau, Debra. "A Punt In Search Of Returns". Forbes. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  19. ^ Sinton, Peter (September 18, 2000). "New Team of Champions / Montana rejoins Lott, Barton to help pro athletes invest". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  20. ^ Janis, Amanda (April 1, 2009). "CapDyn gains Silicon Valley foothold with HRJ take-over". 
  21. ^ Aragon, Lawrence (October 13, 2010). "Harris Barton Takes Flight from Capital Dynamics to Focus on Angel Investing". 
  22. ^ Steger, Pat (August 12, 1987). "Hot Parties, Cool Nights / Billy and Vanessa Getty celebrate 2 months, and Bill Blass visits Tahoe". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  23. ^ "2005 9th Symphony Class". Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  24. ^ "REDF Board of Directors". Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  25. ^ Furlong, Lisa. "Golfers Who Give Back". Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  26. ^ "Our Story, Our Team". Retrieved 2012-12-12.