Barnidge in 2010
|No. 82 Cleveland Browns|
|Date of birth:||September 22, 1985|
|Place of birth:||Bowling Green, Kentucky|
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school:||Middleburg (FL)|
|NFL draft:||2008 / Round: 5 / Pick: 141|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2015|
Gary Michael Barnidge (born September 22, 1985) is an American football tight end for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisville.
Barnidge's main impact came on special-teams, in 2010 he led the team with 17 special-teams tackles. He would miss the whole 2011 NFL season with a broken ankle suffered in a preseason practice. In 2012, Barnidge recorded his first professional touchdown reception against the Philadelphia Eagles on a 24-yard pass from Cam Newton.
On March 14, 2013, Barnidge was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an unrestricted free agent. During the 2015 NFL season, Gary Barnidge had a breakout year and finished with 79 receptions for 1,043 receiving yards and nine touchdowns (he had 44 receptions, 603 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns in his previous seven seasons combined). His nine touchdowns tied a Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome's franchise record set in 1979. He was voted the best player on the Browns, and the most exciting player to watch in the NFL. On December 10, 2015, Barnidge was signed to a 3-year extension worth around $12 million. After the 2015 season, Barnidge made his first Pro Bowl, being voted as an alternate.
On June 2, 2016, Barnidge underwent a sports hernia surgery.
In 2011, Barnidge, along with friend and Louisville Cardinal teammate Breno Giacomini, then of the Seattle Seahawks, started a not-for-profit organization called American Football without Barriers. The organization hosted its first camp in China in March 2013.
- Browns agree to terms with Barnidge
- Orr, Conor. "Browns TE Gary Barnidge has sports hernia surgery". NFL. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
- Traina, Jimmy (October 13, 2014). "Browns TE Gary Barnidge dates two WWE divas on reality show". FOX Sports @TheBuzzer (Fox Sports Interactive Media). Retrieved January 25, 2015.