Jay Barker

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Jay Barker
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1972-07-20) July 20, 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth: Birmingham, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Trussville (AL) Hewitt-Trussville
College: Alabama
NFL draft: 1995 – 5th round – 160th pick
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Jay Barker (born July 20, 1972) is a former professional American football quarterback, and a current Birmingham radio personality.

Football career[edit]

Barker attended Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville, Alabama, where his football career began. He graduated in 1990.

Barker played college football at the University of Alabama, under head coach Gene Stallings. In the final game of the 1992 season, Barker led the Crimson Tide to a national championship by defeating the #1 Miami Hurricanes, 34–13, in the 1993 Sugar Bowl. In the 1994 season, Barker won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and finished fifth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.[1] Barker led the Crimson Tide to a 35–2–1 record as their starting quarterback; the official NCAA record book reflects a 27–11 mark due to later forfeiture of games during the 1993 season.

Barker was drafted in the 1995 NFL Draft in the fifth round by the Green Bay Packers. During his NFL career, he also played for the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers.

In 1998, the Toronto Argonauts signed Barker, bringing him to the Canadian Football League.

After three seasons with the Argonauts, Barker left to join the Birmingham Thunderbolts in the XFL.[2] The XFL folded after just one season.

Radio career[edit]

Barker is currently an analyst for ESPN Radio, and an on-air personality for WJOX in Birmingham. Both he and Al Del Greco, a former Auburn placekicker, host the Opening Drive program on WJOX, along with Tony Kurre.


Barker is married to American country musician Sara Evans.[3] Together, they have seven children—all from previous relationships. They live in Spain Park, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham.[3]


  1. ^ "1994 - 60th Award". heisman.com. Retrieved 2008-12-06. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Barker bolts Argos for XFL". CBC. 2001-01-08. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Sara Evans has married former Alabama quarterback". International Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. 2008-06-16. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 

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