December 16, 1958|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||275 lb (125 kg)|
|High school:||Albany (GA)|
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Bart Steven Oates (born December 16, 1958) is a former American football player in the National Football League for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers. He played center for the Giants from 1985–93 and with the 49ers from 1994-95. He was a member of the Giants teams that won Super Bowls XXI and XXV and the 49ers team that won Super Bowl XXIX.
A graduate of Albany High School in Georgia, Oates played college football at Brigham Young University, originally entering in 1977 before serving an LDS mission in Las Vegas, Nevada then later joining the Cougars football team. Oates was inducted into the BYU athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.
The Giants signed Oates in 1985 at the relatively advanced age of 27. This was because he had initially played three seasons with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars in the USFL where he won two USFL championships. He thought highly of the USFL relative to the NFL and has stated that he feels the 1985 Philadelphia Stars of the USFL could have beaten the 1985 Philadelphia Eagles. Oates won three Super Bowl rings, two with the Giants in 1986 and 1990, and one with the 49ers in 1994. Oates was selected to five Pro Bowls during his career and to the UPI All-NFC team three times. He was extremely durable, starting 125 consecutive games during his Giants career.
Oates currently works in real estate, having graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall Law School. He is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He is currently chairman of the New Jersey Hall of Fame, a Hall of Fame for New Jersey residents and natives in a variety of fields ranging from scientists to athletes. In 2006 Oates voiced himself in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Bart Oates." He also spent time helping out as the line coach at Seton Hall Preparatory School earlier in the decade.
Bart Oates currently lives in Harding Township, New Jersey.
- "Looking Back 25 Years". Albany Sports Hall of Fame.
- Hall of Fame - Bart Oates Archived February 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., cougarclub.com, accessed January 13, 2007.
- Bart Oates interview, usflonline.readywebsites.com, accessed January 13, 2007.
- Hall of Fame Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., cougarclub.com, accessed January 13, 2007.
- The Stellar Realty Group: Meet Our Professional Team Archived March 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., oberon.lunarpages.com, accessed January 13, 2007.
- New Jersey Hall of Fame, njhalloffame, accessed February 27, 2007.