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Nick Barnett
No. 56     Green Bay Packers
Inside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: May 27, 1981 (1981-05-27) (age 28)
Place of birth: Barstow, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
College: Oregon State
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Debuted in 2003 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active Roster
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NFL.com

Nicholas Alexander Barnett (born May 27, 1981 in Barstow, California) is an American Football linebacker who plays for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. The Packers drafted him out of Oregon State University in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft with the 29th overall selection.

Many consider Barnett to be a strong and consistent football player. Barnett and his defensive teammates have not had a steady defensive coordinator for more than four years. In 2006 the Packers hired Bob Sanders as their fourth defensive coordinator in as many years. Despite instability in the coaching staff, Barnett and the other Packers linebackers have established themselves as some of the better linebackers in the league. Barnett has anchored the young linebacking corps ever since his rookie year in 2003, and has been the starting middle linebacker of the Green Bay Packers from Day 1 of his NFL career. With the team's shift to the 3-4, however, he will be moved to inside linebacker.

On April 10, 2007, Barnett signed a six year contract extension worth $34.85 million, after extended negotiations with Packers management.[1]

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College career

Barnett was a four year letter winner (1999-2002) at Oregon State, starting the last three seasons at strong side linebacker.

As a senior, Barnett was a first team All-Pacific 10 Conference selection. He led the conference in tackles with 121 (62 solo).

Barnett registered his single game best against the University of California in 2001 with 18 tackles (11 solo).

He majored in Business Administration and Communications. [2]

College statistics

Year Team GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SCK PRES
1999 Oregon State Beavers 12 0 11 6 5 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0.0-0 0
2000 Oregon State Beavers 12 5 44 34 10 2-9 0 0-0 3-4 1 0.0-0 0
2001 Oregon State Beavers 11 11 73 41 32 0-0 1 1-0 6-20 4 2.0-11 5
2002 Oregon State Beavers 13 13 121 62 59 0-0 2 0-0 21-72 7 6.0-43 1
Total 48 29 249 143 106 2-9 3 1-0 30-96 12 8.0-54 6

Professional career

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Green Bay Packers

Nick Barnett during pre-game warm-ups at Lambeau Field.

Barnett was named the GMC Defensive Player of the Week for games played on September 23 - 24, 2007 for his superb coverage against Brian Westbrook.

Barnett recorded seven tackles (five solo) that helped limit Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson to under 3-yards/carry in the Packers' 31 - 24 win over San Diego. He also had a timely fourth-quarter interception at the Green Bay 40 and returned it to the 2-yard line to set up the Packers' second score in a span of 56 seconds and to secure the victory.[3]


Barnett missed much of the 2008 season after suffering a torn knee ligament during November 9th's game against the Minnesota Vikings.[4]

Professional Statistics

Year Team G TTkl Solo Ast Sacks Int Yds Avg Lg TD Pass Def FF FR
2003 Green Bay Packers 15 112 86 26 2 3 21 7 14 0 3 0 1
2004 Green Bay Packers 16 123 92 31 3 1 16 16 16 0 5 0 1
2005 Green Bay Packers 16 138 91 47 1 1 95 95 95 1 1 1 3
2006 Green Bay Packers 15 105 62 43 2 2 3 1.5 3 0 7 0 1
2007 Green Bay Packers 16 131 102 29 3.5 2 40 20 38 0 4 0 1
2008 Green Bay Packers 9 49 41 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0
Total 87 658 474 184 11.5 9 175 19.4 95 1 20 1 7

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Preceded by
Hardy Nickerson
Green Bay Packers Starting Middle Linebackers
2003-current
Succeeded by
incumbent

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