Tony Barker

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Tony Barker
No. 98
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-09-07) September 7, 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth: Wichita, Kansas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school: Wichita Northwest (KS)
College: Rice
NFL Draft: 1992 / Round: 10 / Pick: 280
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Anthony Ray Barker (born September 7, 1968)[1] is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Rice University.

High school career[edit]

Barker began attending Wichita Northwest High School in Wichita in 1984. While at Northwest, he participated in football, basketball, and shot put in track and field. However, he gave up basketball and track after his junior year. As a high school football player, he played offensive tackle and defensive end. In his senior year, he received honorable mention in the 1986 High School All-American football team voting. He was a 1st Team All-City selection as an offensive tackle, defensive end, and punter.

Barker was voted to the Wichita Eagle's all-time Wichita High School Football team as a 1st team offensive tackle. Also on that team was former Detroit Lions Defensive end Lawrence Pete (who went to South), Linebackers Mark (Seattle Seahawks/Indianapolis Colts) and Mike Bell (Kansas City Chiefs) (Both went to Bishop Carroll), Pro-Football Hall of fame running back Barry Sanders (North), and Tennessee Titans Linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, who is (like Barker) a Northwest alumni.

College career[edit]

Barker was recruited by multiple Division I programs. Barker's final selection came down to Kansas and Oklahoma State and with encouragement from his parents, he picked Kansas.[2] He was recruited as a defensive end, but while watching film of another recruit, his coaches noticed his speed and decided to switch him to linebacker.

After the 1988 season, head coach Bob Valesente left and Glen Mason took over. Because of the coaching change, Barker transferred to Rice after his sophomore season. By NCAA regulations he had to be redshirted his junior year. He lettered in football in 1990 and 1991. In 1991, he collected 127 tackles, tied for the fifth highest single-season total in team history. That same year, he finished with five interceptions, eighth on the team single-season list. He made the All-Southwest Conference that year and won the Jess Neely Linebacker Award. He missed the final game of his senior season due to a concussion.

College statistics[edit]

Year Team Tckls Sacks Ints FF FR TD
1987[3] Kansas 11 0 0 0 1 0
1988[3] Kansas 70 0 1 0 0 0
1989 Rice DNP — Red Shirted
1990[4] Rice 44 1 0 0 1 0
1991[5] Rice 127 0 5 4 3 1
Total 252 1 6 4 5 1

Professional career[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

After the NFL combine, the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders expressed interest in Barker. Ultimately he was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 10th round (280th overall pick) in the 1992 NFL draft.[6]

Washington Redskins[edit]

He signed a 1-year contract worth $110,000, the league minimum at the time, a common occurrence for late-round picks. Barker was released during the preseason, but was eventually re-signed.[7] As a rookie, he mainly played on special teams, but had two starts at outside linebacker against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks. After the season, Barker's contract expired and Joe Gibbs retired. Following Gibbs's retirement, Richie Petitbon took over and chose not to renew Barker's contract.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Barker was reunited with his the coach that recruited him at Kansas, Bob Valesente, when the Green Bay Packers signed him before their 1994 training camp.[8] He was released two days before the first pre-season game. Barker decided not continue his career, despite several offers from minor league teams and the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europa (then, NFL Europe).

Personal[edit]

Barker resides in Texas. He works at Wells Fargo as a home mortgage consultant. He married his wife in March 2005. He has two children, from a previous marriage and two stepchildren from his wife's previous marriage.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview with parents Max and Pat Barker, June 2006.". 
  2. ^ Lawrence Journal-World https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Q08yAAAAIBAJ&sjid=RuYFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4074,1909823&dq=tony+barker+northwest&hl=en. Retrieved 9 February 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Kansas Football stats 1980-1989" (PDF). Kuathletics.com. 
  4. ^ "Rice 1990 stats". RiceOwls.com. 
  5. ^ "Rice football". RiceOwls.com. 
  6. ^ http://www.redskins.com/team/history/draft-history.html#1990
  7. ^ "Barker makes most of second opportunity Linebacker fills in for injured Collins". Baltimore Sun (Originally appeared in newspaper November 9, 1992. 
  8. ^ "TRANSACTIONS". New York Times. March 12, 1994.