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What Happened to Former NFL Player Gary Barnes at 83?


Clemson Hall of Fame football player Gary Barnes passed away after a long battle against Parkinson’s disease at the age of 83 on August 15, 2023.

Gary Marshall Barnes was born on September 13, 1939, in Fairfax, Alabama, U.S. He wide receiver in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Chicago Bears, and the Atlanta Falcons.

Barnes played college football at Clemson University. Gary attended Valley High School, where he practiced football and basketball.

What Happened to Former NFL Player Gary Barnes at 83?

The American player spent a year at Gordon Military Academy, and then he recieved a scholarship from Clemson University with the intention of playing both sports.

Head coach Frank Howard convinced him to just focus on football and named him a starter at split end as a sophomore.

In 2002, Barnes was inducted into the Clemson University Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2005, Gary was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Player Gary Barnes Passed Away at 83

Gary Barnes passed away at his home at the Clemson Downs neighborhood in Clemson Tuesday afternoon, according to Clemson Athletics.

Barnes was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 1962 National Football League Draft and was selected by the New York Titans in the ninth round of the 1962 AFL Draft.

As a rookie, Gary was a backup wide receiver, appearing in 13 games and was a member of the 1962 NFL Championship team.

In 1963, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a fifth round draft choice. In 1963, Barnes appeared in 12 games (3 starts), registering 15 receptions for 195 yards.

On June 18, 1964, Barnes was traded to the Chicago Bears in exchange for defensive end Maury Youmans.

In 1964, the Chicago Bears acquired him for depth purposes and he recorded 4 receptions for 61 yards. He was waived in August 1965.

On August 23, 1965, Barnes was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles. Gary was released 7 days later on August 30.

In 1965, Gary was the 1st player signed to a contract by the Atlanta Falcons in team history. He was asked to play for a semi-pro football team in Huntsville.

The next season, Barnes scored the first touchdown in Falcons history. On November 25, 1966, Barnes was released to make room for rookie Richard Koeper.

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