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Jim Barnes (American football)

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Jim Barnes
Jim Barnes (Arkansas).png
Barnes from 1967 "Razorback"
Career information
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight235 lb (107 kg)
CollegeUniversity of Arkansas
Career history
As player
1966–1968Arkansas Razorbacks
Career highlights and awards

Jim Donald Barnes is a former American football offensive guard. He played for the Arkansas Razorbacks and was selected as a consensus first-team All-American in 1968.

Football career

Barnes attended the University of Arkansas where he initially hoped to play at the end or linebacker position for the Razorbacks. He ended up as a starter on the offensive line under head coach Frank Broyles. He helped lead the 1968 Arkansas Razorbacks football team to a 10–1, a #6 rating in the AP Poll, and a victory over Georgia in the 1969 Sugar Bowl. Following the victory over favored Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, Barnes said: "I have never been associated with a bunch of boys like this. They've given up more and sacrificed more than any group I've ever seen."[1]

Barnes was a consensus selection at the guard position on the 1968 College Football All-America Team, receiving first-team honors from the Associated Press and Central Press.[2] He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round (106th overall pick) of the 1969 NFL Draft,[3] but he did not play in the National Football League.

Barnes had polio in the third grade and was in bed for six-and-a-half months. Barnes later recalled that his childhood struggle with polio gave him "an incentive to work a little harder."[4] When he was named to the All-American team in December 1968, the Associated Press story noted: "Jim Barnes looks more like an All-American than a polio victim."[4]


  1. ^ Harry King (January 2, 1969). "Arkansas Soph Chuck Dicus Steals Sugar Bowl Show, Gets Top Honor". The Tuscaloosa News (AP story). p. 13.
  2. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 6. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  3. ^ "Grid Draft". The Sporting News. February 15, 1969. p. 20.
  4. ^ a b "Jim Barnes Beat Polio". The Times Herald, Sarasota, Florida (AP story). December 6, 1968. p. 15.
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