Leo Barker
Date of birth: (1959-11-07) November 7, 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth: Cristobal, Panama Canal Zone
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: New Mexico State
NFL Draft: 1984 / Round: 7 / Pick 177
 As player:
1984-1991 Cincinnati Bengals
Playing stats at

Leonardo Barker (born November 7, 1959 in Cristobal, Panama Canal Zone) was the first person born in Panama to play in the NFL. He played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1984 until 1991. He played varsity football at Rainbow City/Cristobal in his native Panama. As of 2008, he is the head coach of the Hornets of Roswell High School.[1] He lived in Roswell, Georgia, with his family, and taught Spanish.

College careerEdit

Barker was a member of the New Mexico State University Aggies football team from 1979 to 1983. He was a starting linebacker every year he played and was second on the team in tackles his junior and senior seasons. At New Mexico State, Barker racked up 378 career tackles; enough to place him number four on the all-time Aggie list. In 2003, Leo Barker was inducted into the New Mexico State University Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame.

NFL careerEdit

He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round of the NFL draft in 1983. He played for the Bengals until 1992, when he retired. Barker was an integral part of the Bengals’ nickel-package defense. In 1989, Barker helped lead them to a league best 12-4 record and an appearance in Super Bowl XXIII.


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