Mike Barber (wide receiver)

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Mike Barber
Born (1967-06-19) June 19, 1967 (age 47)
Winfield, West Virginia
Position(s) Wide receiver
College Marshall
NFL Draft 1989 / Round 4 / Pick 112
Jersey #(s) NFL-86, MU-28
Career highlights

1988 I-AA National Player of the Year (AFCA vote)

2005 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
Records Marshall Career Most Receiving Yards 4,262
San Francisco 49ers
Cincinnati Bengals
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
College Football Hall of Fame, 2005

Michael Dale Barber, Jr. (born June 19, 1967) is a former American football wide receiver who played college football at Marshall University. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005. He played four seasons in the NFL.

High School[edit]

A multi-sport athlete at Winfield High School in West Virginia playing Football, Basketball, Track, & Baseball. Excelled in football playing Quarterback, Free Safety, Kicker, Punter, & Kick Returner. Played for long time coach Leon McCoy earning All-State honors as a defensive back in both his junior & senior seasons. Accepted a scholarship to play football at Marshall University as a wide receiver.


1985 - Freshman: played as a kickoff returner.

1986 - Sophomore: Recorded 64 receptions for 1,180 yards, 7 TD's, earned 1st Team All-Southern Conference

1987 - Junior: Led the NCAA in receptions with 106 for 1,757 yards, 11 TD's. Consensus I-AA 1st Team All-American. The team played in the I-AA National Championship game in Pocatello, Idaho losing 43-42 to Northeast Louisiana.

1988: Named I-AA National Player of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. Caught 79 passes for 1,325 yards & 8 TD's, Consensus I-AA 1st Team All-American.

Named Marshall's Athlete of the Decade (80's) by the Herald Dispatch. At one time, held virtually every Marshall receiving record. Caught at least 3 passes in 39 consecutive games. Inducted into Marshall's Hall of Fame in 1993. Averaged 17.1 yards per catch throughout his career.


1989 - Drafted by the Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49er's in the 4th Round. One of 5 rookies to make the roster. Backed up Jerry Rice. Opted for Plan B free agency and signed with Cincinnati in the off season.

1990 & 1991 - Emerged as the Cincinnati Bengal's 3rd receiver often working out of the slot position. Started two games as wide receiver, backup punt returner, & special teams.

1992 - Began the season on injured reserve (shoulder separation.) Was waived mid season by the Bengals & signed two days later by former coach Sam Wyche with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Played in one game as Buc catching one pass for 37 yards & injuring his shoulder again. Retired from football in spring of 1993


Resides in Hurricane, WV with his wife Amy and their four children Brett, Abby, Chloe, & Audrey. Works as a Regional Manager for Brechbuhler Scales, Inc.

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