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Harris Barton
Position(s)
Offensive tackle
Jersey #(s)
79
Born April 19, 1964 (1964-04-19) (age 45)
Atlanta, Georgia
Career information
Year(s) 19871998
NFL Draft 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
College North Carolina
Professional teams
Career stats
Games played 138
Games started 134
Fumble recoveries 2
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Harris Scott Barton (born April 19, 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a former American football offensive lineman who played for the San Francisco 49ers. His mother was from a very Orthodox Jewish background in Queens, New York and his father was from a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York. They met while attending Emory University.

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Early life

Harris attended Hebrew Academy in Atlanta through the fifth grade, and began playing football at age five. He was county MVP his senior season at Atlanta's Dunwoody High School, where he also participated in basketball and wrestling.

College football career

He was recruited by over 100 colleges including USC, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame, but Harris eventually chose the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with a 3.3 GPA in Finance.

Harris was a freshman All-American at UNC, starting every game for four years. He played nose-to-nose against William "Refrigerator" Perry on national television at Clemson. He was selected to the Associated Press All-American football player team that year, being the first Jewish player in 30 years to do so.

Pro football career

He was a first-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 1987, and the 22nd pick overall.

Harris signed a three-year, $1.3 million contract with the team, and started 10 of 15 games that year and was runner-up to Rookie of the Year honors. He started every game in his second year, including the Super Bowl, and was named to various Second Team All-Pros. In his third year, he started all games including the Super Bowl, and was chosen as a Campbell's Soup All-American.

He retired after the 1998 season.

After football

He is a Managing Partner and a Founder of HRJ Capital, a private equity fund of funds. One of his partners is former teammate Ronnie Lott.

Barton now lives in Palo Alto, California and enjoys skiing and scuba diving. He is very active in his community in the off-season, and speaks to synagogue youth groups throughout the Bay Area on the dangers of drug abuse, and the power of an education. Harris Barton is the only man reported to have seen both Hank Aaron break the MLB HR record with 715HR and Barry Bonds hit 756HR in person.[1]

Counted among his greatest achievements has to be finishing 3rd in the 2007 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. A passionate, though occasionally erratic, golfer, Harris has previously been crowned the champion of "The Best 4 Ball in the Galaxy," the fabled Dutch Treat. Among his nicknames are: H, BigMan (one word), and Zeus.

2008 has been a big year for the Big Man, having once again made the cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am! Now the leading "Treater" in cuts made, Treats won, and nicknames.








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