Tony Barker
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-09-07) September 7, 1968 (age 52)
Place of birth: Wichita, Kansas
High School: Wichita Northwest
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Rice
NFL Draft: 1992 / Round: 10 / Pick: 28
Debuted in 1992 for the Washington Redskins
Last played in 1992 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

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

High school career

Barker began attending Wichita Northwest High School in Wichita, Kansas 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. In High School he played Offensive Tackle and Defensive End. His senior year he was voted to the 1986 High School All-American football team, as an honorable mention player, as well as being voted 1st Team All-City 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 current Tennessee Titans Linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, who is (like Barker) a Northwest alumni.

College career

Barker was highly recruited by multiple Division I programs. Barker's final selection came down to Kansas and Oklahoma State and with encouragment 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 missed the final game of his senior season due to a concussion. Despite the injury, he still drew attention from NFL scouts, following a stellar senior season, in which he was named to the 1991 All-Southwest Conference team.

College honors

His honors at Rice include:

  • 5th All-Time for single season tackles-127 (1991)
  • 8th Most interceptions in a season-5 (1991)
  • All Southwest Conference team (1991)
  • 2 time Lettermen (1990, 1991)
  • Jess Neely Linebacker Award (Top Linebacker) (1991)

College statistics

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

Professional career

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.[3] 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 resigned.[4] 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 Gibb's retirement, Richie Petitbon took over, and chose not to renew Barker's contract. Barker was, however, reunited with his coach at Kansas, Bob Valesente, when the Green Bay Packers signed him before their 1994 training camp,[5] but he was released 2 days before the first pre-season game (Valesente was a linebackers coach with Green Bay that season). Barker decided not continue his career, despite several offers from minor league teams and the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europa (then, NFL Europe).

Post-football career/Personal life

Barker currently resides in Texas. He works at Wells-Fargo as a Home Mortgage Consultant. He married his wife, Laura, in March 2005. He has 2 children from a previous marriage and 2 step-children from his wife's previous marriage.


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