Mike Barber (wide receiver)
June 19, 1967 |
Winfield, West Virginia
|NFL Draft||1989 / Round 4 / Pick 112|
|Jersey #(s)||NFL-86, MU-28|
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
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.
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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