Anthony Barr
Barr with Vikings in 2015
No. 55     
Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-03-18) March 18, 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth: South Bend, Indiana
Career information
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Minnesota Vikings ( 2014–present)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* 4× Pro Bowl (20152018)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Total tackles     338
Sacks     13.5
Forced fumbles     7
Fumble recoveries     4
Interceptions     1
Total touchdowns     1
Stats at

Anthony Barr (born March 18, 1992) is an American football outside linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at UCLA, where he was a consensus All-American in 2013. He was drafted by the Vikings in the first round, 9th overall of the 2014 NFL Draft.

High school career[edit | edit source]

Barr was born in South Bend, Indiana, but raised in Los Angeles, where he attended Loyola High School in the Pico-Union neighborhood. He was a letterman in football and track, and was an All-State selection at running back for the Loyola Cubs football team after rushing for 1,890 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior.[1] However, he missed virtually all of his senior season after breaking his ankle in the September, and was also unable to participate in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, to which he was invited.[2]

Barr also lettered four seasons in track & field. At the 2009 CIF Southern Meet, he earned 11th-place finishes in both the 100 meter (11.01 s) and the 200 meter (22.40 s) dashes.[3] He took silver in the 200-meter dash at the 2009 Mission League Championships, recording a personal-best time of 21.86 seconds.[4]

Recruiting[edit | edit source]

Regarded as a four-star recruit by, Barr was listed as the No. 8 prospect and the No. 5 athlete out of the state of California.[5] According to, he was ranked as the No. 100 national prospect and the No. 10 outside linebacker. He was also rated as the No. 1 athlete by MaxPreps. With scholarship offers from dozens of schools, Barr narrowed his decision down to Notre Dame and UCLA, before choosing the Bruins on January 21, 2010

College career[edit | edit source]

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Barr in 2011 at UCLA.

Barr was an offensive player his first two years at UCLA playing running back, wide receiver and tight end. Prior to his junior season in 2012, he switched to linebacker.[6] During his first year as a linebacker, he exploded with 13.5 sacks, 21.5 tackles for loss and 83 tackles. His 13.5 sacks were the second highest total in the nation behind only Georgia’s Jarvis Jones.[7] He was named a first team All-Pac-12 selection.[8][9] He was named to the College Football All-America second team. At the team's annual awards banquet, Barr was named the Most Valuable Player on defense (Henry R. "Red" Sanders Award).[10]

In a November 2012 game vs. the USC Trojans, Barr sacked quarterback Matt Barkley, who suffered a season ending shoulder injury.[11]

Despite being touted as a potential first round draft choice in the 2013 NFL Draft, Barr decided to return to UCLA for his senior season.[12]

Barr was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after week 2 of the 2013 season, a 41–21 win over Nebraska on September 14, 2013. He was also the Walter Camp Football Foundation player of the week on defense.

For the 2013 regular season, Barr had 62 tackles, 20 for a loss (ranked 9th) and has forced five fumbles (fifth best) and recovered four (second in the nation).[13] He led the team with 10 sacks for 66 yards and was rewarded with the Lott IMPACT Award. Barr is in sixth place on the all-time school list for tackles for loss (41.5) and is tied for sixth on the school's all-time list for sacks (23.5).

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season statistics Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Season Team GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sck Tfl PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR FR YDS
2010 UCLA 12 4 1 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 UCLA 12 7 2 1 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 UCLA 14 14 83 60 23 13.5 21.5 5 0 0 0.0 0 0 4 0 0
2013 UCLA 13 13 73 43 23 10.5 20.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 6 4 0
Totals 38 23 152 105 47 23.5 41.5 6 0 0 0.0 0 0 10 4 0

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Pre-draft[edit | edit source]

Barr was considered one of the top linebacker prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft.[14][15] After the college season concluded, he was projected as the No. 3 selection in the 2014 NFL Draft by Sports Illustrated.[15]

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Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 3/4 in 255 lb33 ½ in9 ⅜ in 4.66 s 1.57 s 2.67 s 4.19 s 6.82 s 34.5 in 10 ft 5 in 19 reps

At the 2014 NFL Combine, Barr ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds, sixth-best among linebackers, and tied for 14th in the vertical (34.5 inches). His 15 reps on the bench press were also dead last among those who participated, according to's combine tracker. At the UCLA Pro Day on March 11, he ran an electronic 4.41 in the 40-yard dash, did 19 repetitions on the bench press and had a 10-foot-5 (3.20 meters) broad jump.

Barr was selected in the first round, ninth overall by the Minnesota Vikings,[16] making him the highest selected defensive player out of UCLA since Eric Turner, second overall in 1991. He also surpassed Jamir Miller, who was chosen tenth overall in 1994, as the highest Bruins linebacker ever selected.

2014 season[edit | edit source]

Barr signed a four-year, $12.7 million contract with the Vikings. He will receive a $7.6 million signing bonus and the team can exercise a fifth-year option.[17] Barr played in and started 12 games for the Vikings in 2014 and was awarded NFC defensive player of the week for week 8. Barr's 2014 season was cut short due to an injury and he was put on injured reserve.[18] He ended his rookie season with 70 combined tackles, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown) and 3 pass deflections. He was a top contender for defensive rookie of the year and one of three Viking defenders named to the PFF All-NFC North Team.[19]

2015 season[edit | edit source]

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Anthony Barr with the Vikings in 2015.

The first game of the season marked Barr’s first appearance in the regular season since Nov 30 because of a knee injury that stopped short his promising rookie campaign. According to press box statistics, Barr played all 73 defensive snaps against the San Francisco 49ers and recorded a career-high 12 tackles. He was credited with 10 solo stops, which tied a career-high, and made an impressive impact with Carlos Hyde for a loss of four yards in the fourth quarter. Barr surged through unblocked, making it three-plus yards behind the scrimmage as Hyde was taking the handoff from quarterback Colin Kaepernick. In Week 4 against the Denver Broncos, with Denver trying to build on a 13–3 lead late in the first half, Barr jumped in front of a short pass intended for wide receiver Andre Caldwell, recording the first interception of his career and returning it 32 yards to the Denver 27-yard line. Barr broke his left hand in Week 8 against the St. Louis Rams. In Week 12 at Atlanta, Barr became the first Viking to collect eight tackles, two forced fumbles, and a sack in the same game since Chris Doleman accomplished the feat in 1992. The first fumble came with the Vikings leading 7–0 in the first quarter, when rookie running back Tevin Coleman burst down the right sideline and cut across the grain to elude safety Antone Exum for what would have been a 46-yard gain, but then Barr chased Coleman down from behind and slapped the ball out of his right arm. In the fourth quarter, with the Falcons trailing 13–3, they went for a first down on fourth and 1 at their 48 with 4:39 left. Barr burst through the line unblocked and sacked quarterback Matt Ryan, causing him to fumble and sealing the game for the Vikings. Barr totaled 68 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 8 quarterback hurries, 1 interception, 7 passes defensed and 3 forced fumbles in his second season, playing a key role on a Vikings' defense that ranked 5th in the NFL and allowed 18.9 points per game. On January 25, 2016, Barr was named to his first Pro Bowl as an injury replacement for linebacker Jamie Collins, who was injured in the Patriots' loss in the conference title game.[20]

2016 season[edit | edit source]

Despite a poor season in which coach Zimmer stated that Barr has a "tendency to coast,"[21] Barr was named to his second straight Pro Bowl to replace the Super Bowl-bound Vic Beasley.[22]

2017 season[edit | edit source]

On May 1, 2017, the Vikings exercised the fifth year option on Barr's contract. On December 19, 2017, Barr was named to his third straight Pro Bowl.[23]

In the Vikings' Divisional Round playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on January 15, 2018, Barr intercepted a Drew Brees pass that was tipped by teammate Everson Griffen. This gave Barr his second career interception. The Vikings would win 29-24 on a last second miracle play, advancing to the NFC Championship for the first time since 2009.

2018 season[edit | edit source]

Barr was named to his fourth straight pro bowl. Barr finished the 2018 regular season with 55 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and one force fumble in 13 games.

2019 season[edit | edit source]

On March 11, 2019, it was reported the Barr would be signing a multi-year deal with the New York Jets.[24] However the next day, Barr changed his mind and re-signed with the Vikings on March 13, 2019 on a five-year, $67.5 million contract with $33 million guaranteed.[25]

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season statistics Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Season Team GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sck Sfty PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR FR YDS
2014 Minnesota Vikings 12 12 70 55 15 4.0 -- 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 1 27
2015 Minnesota Vikings 14 14 68 54 14 3.5 -- 7 1 32 32.0 32 0 3 0 0
2016 Minnesota Vikings 16 16 70 37 33 2.0 -- 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0
2017 Minnesota Vikings 16 16 75 33 52 1.0 -- 6 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 Minnesota Vikings 13 13 55 39 16 3.0 -- 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals 71 71 338 237 101 13.5 -- 22 1 32 32.0 32 0 7 1 27


Personal life[edit | edit source]

Barr's father, Tony Brooks, and uncles, Reggie Brooks and Cedric Figaro, all played in the NFL.[27] All of them also played at Notre Dame. Shortly after his birth in South Bend, Barr and his mother moved to the suburbs of Los Angeles where he was raised by his mother and maternal grandparents.

In 2015, Anthony Barr established Raise the Barr, a nonprofit initiative to assist single-parent undergraduate students in Minnesota and California complete their post-secondary education by providing comprehensive resources to both parents and children.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "UCLA junior Anthony Barr enjoying success after making switch this season to linebacker – and quickly turns into a hot NFL prospect". Los Angeles Daily News. December 24, 2012.
  2. Anthony Barr Biography – UCLA Bruins Official Athletic Site. Retrieved on December 2, 2015.
  3. CIF Southern Section Division 2 Prelims. Girls 100 Meter Dash Girls Division 2. Moorpark High School. May 16, 2009
  4. 2009 Results – CA Mission League 2009-05-07 CA – TFX – The Internet Home of High School Track, Field and Cross Country. (May 7, 2009). Retrieved on December 2, 2015.
  5. Yahoo Sports: Ranking – California PostseasonTop 100. Retrieved on December 2, 2015.
  6. Anthony Barr figures out which side he wants to be on. (April 7, 2012). Retrieved on December 2, 2015.
  7. NCAA Division I-A Player Defense Statistics – 2012. Retrieved on December 2, 2015.
  8. Three Bruins named first-team All-Pac-12. (November 26, 2012). Retrieved on December 2, 2015.
  9. Pac-12 football awards and all-conference team announced. (November 26, 2012). Retrieved on December 2, 2015.
  10. 2012 Team Awards Announced at Football Awards Banquet,, December 3, 2012
  11. "Matt Barkley suffered shoulder sprain, will miss Notre Dame game". Los Angeles Times. November 19, 2012.
  12. "Potential first-round LB Anthony Barr will return to UCLA Bruins". December 31, 2012.
  13. "Linebacker Anthony Barr selected a Camp All-American". Los Angeles Times. December 12, 2013.,0,2154021.story.
  14. NFL Draft Scout Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found.. NFL Draft Scout (September 21, 2006). Retrieved on December 2, 2015.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0". Sports Illustrated. December 3, 2013.
  16. Minnesota Vikings trade down to No. 9, select Anthony Barr in 2014 NFL draft Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found.. Retrieved on December 2, 2015.
  17. Chris Tomasson (May 20, 2014). "Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater, Anthony Barr sign rookie deals". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  18. Adam Carlson (December 27, 2014). "Anthony Barr Placed On Minnesota Vikings Injured Reserve". Fansided, LLC. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  19. 2014 PFF All-NFC North Team. Retrieved on December 2, 2015.
  20. Vensel, Matt (January 26, 2016). "Smith, Bridgewater, Barr added to Pro Bowl roster". Star Tribune. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  21. Tomasson, Chris (December 22, 2016). "Vikings’ Mike Zimmer: Anthony Barr has ‘tendency to coast’".
  22. Florio, Mike (January 23, 2017). "Anthony Barr replaces Vic Beasley Jr. in Pro Bowl".
  23. "NFL announces 2018 Pro Bowl rosters". December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  24. Bergman, Jeremy (March 11, 2019). "Anthony Barr expected to sign with New York Jets".
  25. Gordon, Grant (March 12, 2019). "Anthony Barr agrees to stay with Minnesota Vikings".
  27. "It's Westwood, not South Bend, for Anthony Barr, UCLA's new 'F-back'". Los Angeles Times. September 2, 2010.

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