- Joe Barnes
DateOfBirth=birth date and age|1951|12|18
Fort Worth, Texas
Texas Tech University
DraftedRound=13 / Pick 316
Chicago Bears( NFL) Montreal Alouettes Saskatchewan Roughriders Toronto Argonauts Calgary Stampeders Montreal Concordes
Joe Barnes (born
December 18, 1951in Fort Worth, Texas) was an all-star quarterback in the Canadian Football League.
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. His senior year, he dated Kim McCullough (now Kim Barnett). Barnes was drafted by the Chicago Bearsof the NFLin 1974 in the 13th round (316th overall.) He would play only 2 games for Chicagoin 1974, completing 2 of 9 passes, and punting once for 27 yards.
He moved to
Canadain 1976, and began a 5-year stretch with the Montreal Alouettes. He began by sharing QB 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 Cupin 1977 and was QB for the 1978 and 1979 Cup losses to the Edmonton Eskimos. He lost his starting QB job in 1980 to Gerry Dattilioafter six games, and was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Again, he shared QB duties for the Green Riderswith John Hufnagel, and after the 1981 season headed to Toronto.
It was with the
Toronto Argonautsthat Barnes enjoyed his greatest success in the team's run and shoot offence. At first due to injury and the excellent play of Condredge HollowayBarnes played sparingly in 1982. Starting in 1983 he was working in tandem as QB with Holloway. For two seasons the tandem combined for over 5000 yards. In 1983 Holloway had 3184 and Barnes had 2274. The next season the numbers reversed with Barnes leading with 3128 followed by Holloway with 2231. Barnes helped lead Torontoto a long awaited Grey Cupvictory 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 Playerfor his heroics.
In 1984 he was named an all star. In 1985 he was traded to the
Calgary Stampedersbut 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.
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