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Barton, Harris

Harris Scott Barton

Following a stellar career at the University of North Carolina, Barton became a terrific offensive lineman (mostly right tackle) for the great 49er Super Bowl dynasty (three championship teams) in the late 1980s and early 1990s. When the 49ers were on the road in the 1980s, Barton roomed with his friend, tight end John Frank.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. April 19, 1964

Career Highlights:
A four-year starter at the University of North Carolina, Harris began his collegiate career as a center, but moved to left tackle mid-season his sophomore year, where he remained for the rest of his college career. Harris was named to several All-America teams, including the NCAA's All-America Scholar/Athlete team, and Academic All-ACC. In 1986, Barton was named All-America, the Atlantic Coast Conference Outstanding Offensive Lineman, and Academic All-ACC. That year, the Tar Heels had a record of 7-4-1 (second in ACC) and lost, 30-21, to Arizona in the Aloha Bowl.

In 1987, Barton was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round (22nd overall) of the NFL Draft. During his first season, Harris started 10 of 15 regular season games (a strike-shortened season) and was named All-Rookie by UPI, Pro Football Weekly, and Pro Football Writers of America. The following year, Barton started every game for the 49ers (10-6-0), including their 20-16 Super Bowl victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. He was also named to various second team All-Pros. In 1989, the 49ers (14-2-0) repeated as Super Bowl champs, this time defeating the Denver Broncos,, 55-10, in the title game.

In 1990, Barton was named to the Football News All-Pro team as the 49ers had a record of 14-2-0; they lost, 15-13, to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship. In 1993, he was named as a starter to the Pro Bowl and was first team All-Pro. The following season, he missed the first seven games of the year, but played every offensive snap after his return. The 49ers had a record of 13-3-0 that season and won their third Super Bowl during Barton's career, a 49-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers. Barton played three more seasons for the 49ers before retiring. He played in a total of 138 career NFL games and from 1987-1992, he played in 89 consecutive games, a remarkable feat for an offensive lineman.

Atlanta, Georgia

Career Dates:
Barton played on the offensive line at the University of North Carolina from 1983-1986. He then played as an offensive lineman in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers from 1987-1996.

Physical description:
6'4", 283 pounds

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