Gary Marshall Barnes (born September 13, 1939 in Fairfax, Alabama) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Chicago Bears, and the Atlanta Falcons. He played college football at Clemson University.
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|Born:||September 13, 1939|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school:||Valley (Valley, Alabama)|
|NFL Draft:||1962 / Round: 3 / Pick: 41|
|AFL draft:||1962 / Round: 9 / Pick: 69|
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Barnes attended Valley High School, where he practiced football and basketball. He spent a year at Gordon Military Academy, before accepting a scholarship from Clemson University with the intention of playing both sports.
Head coach Frank Howard convinced him to just focus on football and eventually named him a starter at split end as a sophomore, registering 9 receptions for 216 yards and 3 touchdowns. He had a 68-yard touchdown reception in a 23-7 win over the seventh-ranked Texas Christian University in the 1959 Bluebonnet Bowl.
In 2002, he was inducted into the Clemson University Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was inducted in the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
Green Bay PackersEdit
Barnes was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round (41st overall) of the 1962 NFL Draft and was also selected by the New York Titans in the ninth round (69th overall) of the 1962 AFL Draft. As a rookie, he was a backup wide receiver, appearing in 13 games with no receptions and was a member of the 1962 NFL Championship team.
In 1965, Barnes was the first player signed to a contract by the Atlanta Falcons in team history. He was asked to play for a semi-pro football team in Huntsville, to keep in shape since the franchise was still a year away from beginning play. The next season, he scored the first touchdown in Falcons history, with a 53-yard reception from quarterback Randy Johnson during a 14-19 loss in the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams. On November 25, 1966, he was released to make room for rookie Richard Koeper.
Barnes was re-signed in January 1967. He was released on September 4, 1968. Although he had an opportunity to try-out for other teams, he opted to retire, finishing with 60 career games, 41 receptions for 583 yards and 2 touchdowns.
After football, he worked in the fiber division of Chevron Corporation. He also operated a textile business and was an investment adviser.
In 1986, although he had no previous legal experience, he was asked by then-Clemson City Council member Gaston Gage to become Clemson's first full-time municipal judge. He spent 30 years in that job until retiring in 2015.
- "S. Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame inducts Fox, Barnes". Retrieved February 10, 2016.
- "Four Draft Choices Signed by the Packers". Retrieved February 10, 2016.
- "Cowboys Trade Barnes to Bears". Retrieved February 10, 2016.
- "Eagles Signs Barnes". Retrieved February 10, 2016.
- "Bears' Ktreitling Quits". Retrieved February 10, 2016.
- "Casualties Are Plentiful In Football Ranks". Retrieved February 10, 2016.
- "Rams Edge By Falcons". Retrieved February 10, 2016.
- "Barnes On Waivers". Retrieved February 10, 2016.
- "Another Year For Barnes". Retrieved February 10, 2016.
- "Falcons Flying All Over". Retrieved February 10, 2016.
- "Clemson judge to retire after nearly 30 years on the bench". Retrieved February 10, 2016.