Joe Barnes

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Joe Barnes
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Born: (1951-12-18) December 18, 1951 (age 69)
Fort Worth, Texas
Career information
Position(s) Quarterback
College Texas Tech
NFL draft 1974 / Round: 13 / Pick 316
Career history
As player
1974 Chicago Bears
1976–1980 Montreal Alouettes
1981 Saskatchewan Roughriders
1982–1984 Toronto Argonauts
1985 Calgary Stampeders
1985 Montreal Concordes
1986Montreal Alouettes

Joe Barnes (born December 18, 1951) was an all-star quarterback in the Canadian Football League. [1] [2] [3]


College career

Barnes was a graduate of Texas Tech University, playing from 1971 to 1973, and was inducted into the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Honor in 1986.

Professional career

Barnes was drafted by the Chicago Bears of the NFL in 1974 in the 13th round (316th overall.) He played only 2 games for Chicago in 1974, completing 2 of 9 passes, and punting once for 27 yards.

He moved to Canada in 1976 and began a five-year stint with the Montreal Alouettes. He began by sharing quarterback duties with Sonny Wade, but mostly took over in 1978, when he threw for 1177 yards, and in 1979, when he added 2456 yards. He won a Grey Cup in 1977 and was quarterback for the 1978 and 1979 Cup losses to the Edmonton Eskimos. He lost his starting quarterback job in 1980 to Gerry Dattilio after six games, and was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Again, he shared quarterback duties for the Green Riders with John Hufnagel, and after the 1981 season headed to Toronto.

It was with the Toronto Argonauts that Barnes enjoyed his greatest success in the team's run and shoot offence. At first, due to injury and the excellent play of Condredge Holloway, Barnes played sparingly in 1982. Starting in 1983, he worked in tandem with Holloway. For two seasons, the tandem combined for over 5,000 yards. In 1983 Holloway passed for 3184 yards and Barnes, 2274. The next season the numbers reversed, with Barnes passing for 3128 yards and Holloway, 2231. Barnes helped lead Toronto to a long-awaited Grey Cup victory in 1983. As was his style, he came off the bench in the second half and engineered the game-winning drive and TD, a pass to Cedric Minter, in the final minutes. He was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player for his heroics.

In 1984, he was named an all-star. In 1985, he was traded to the Calgary Stampeders but the team struggled for wins. After 11 games he was returned to Montreal in a trade, now with the Montreal Concordes, and played with the briefly renamed and reborn Alouettes in 1986.

Barnes was known for his unpredictable and effective scrambling.

Personal life

His senior year, he dated Dianna Delp. They were married in June 1974 and have 2 children and 4 granddaughters.

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