Calgary Stampeders

Danny Barrett - Quarterback - 1983-85, 89-91, 96 - Cincinnati

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Danny Barrett starred in college with the Cincinnati Bearcats – he was an honourable mention for All American in 1982. In 1983, he signed his first professional contract to join the Calgary Stampeders. It would take the Florida native some time to establish himself as a quarterback as he struggled in 1984 with 8 interceptions in limited action. In 1985 he spent time at wide receiver for Calgary with 455 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns.

 

In September of 1985 Barrett was traded to Toronto and resumed playing quarterback for Toronto in limited action. Danny spent the 1986 season in the USFL with the _ where he re-established himself as a quarterback. When Danny rejoined Toronto in 1987 he had left playing receiver behind.  With his first sustained playing time at quarterback Barrett impressed with 1,453 passing yards and 7 touchdowns. Injuries would halt Barrett’s momentum in 1988 as he was hurt for most of the year. Danny was traded back to Calgary for the 1989 season. Over the next 3 seasons with Calgary Barrett would establish himself as a starting quarterback. He led Calgary to the Grey Cup in 1991 and passed for 3,453 yards on the season and 19 touchdowns. Danny would set a CFL record with 34 completions in the 1991 Grey Cup but the Stampeders lost to the favored Argonauts in what would be his last game for his second stint with Calgary.

 

In the 1992 off-season Danny was dealt to the B.C. Lions for OL Rocco Romano and the rights to Jamie Crysdale. Danny would have success with the Lions and in 1993 he broke the 4,000 passing yardage plateau. The season also included a game where Barrett passed for 601 yards in a game. The passing total was a record until Matt Dunigan broke it that same season.

 

in 1994 Barrett was again traded this time to Ottawa where he started for the Rough

Riders in 1994 and thre for 4,173 and 22 touchdowns. Injuries limited his play in 1995 with Ottawa and in 1996 he was dealt back to Calgary for his 3rd and final stint with the club this time backing up new starter Jeff Garcia. Barrett provided great support for Garcia and was terrific filling in for Garcia where needed with 1,062 yards passing and 11 touchdowns in limited action.

 

Danny retired as a player after the 1996 season and went on to become quarterbacks coach in 1997 and then coached with the B.C. Lions in 1998. In 1998 injuries forced Barrett to return to action and he dressed for 15 games with B.C. passing for 285 yards.

 

When Roy Shivers was named General Manager of the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2000 he named Barrett as his head coach. Barrett would coach Saskatchewan for 7 seasons and bring the club from laughing stock to perennial playoff contender. The ground work was layed when he left in 2008 for Kent Austin who would take over as head coach and lead the team to it’s first Grey Cup in 19 years.

 

A terrific quarterback with a number of CFL teams Danny has continued to teach young football players as a coach with NCAA Division I school in Buffalo.

 

 

-- statistics --

 

 

Danny Barrett       Cincinatti
    Passing        
Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg
1983 Cgy 23 8 213 34.8 1 1 56
1984 Cgy 79 34 319 43.0 2 8 31
1985 Cgy 1 1 15 100.0 0 0 15
Tor 30 18 193 60.0 0 0 20
1986     Played in USFL      
1987 Tor 226 120 1,453 53.1 7 3 49
1988 Tor 23 10 154 43.5 1 2 34
1989 Cgy 333 160 2,608 48.0 16 13 80
1990 Cgy 295 155 2,677 52.5 19 13 67
1991 Cgy 438 249 3,453 56.8 19 5 83
1992 BC 306 172 2,206 56.2 7 10 57
1993 BC 513 293 4,097 57.1 24 12 70
1994 Ott 560 299 4,173 53.4 22 16 60
1995 Ott 82 41 511 50.0 3 6 40
1996 Cgy 120 71 1,062 59.2 11 2 63
1997     Did Not Play        
1998 BC 49 25 285 51.0 1 2 22
Total 17 3078 1656 23,419 53.8 133 93 83

 

    Rushing    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1983 Cgy 6 26 4.3 10 0
1984 Cgy 14 90 6.4 22 0
1985 Cgy 1 2 2.0 2 0
Tor 9 29 3.2 8 1
1986            
1987 Tor 65 345 5.3 24 1
1988 Tor 3 22 7.3 13 0
1989 Cgy 64 421 6.6 29 5
1990 Cgy 57 295 5.2 46 7
1991 Cgy 50 263 5.3 18 6
1992 BC 37 125 3.4 12 3
1993 BC 42 162 3.9 15 4
1994 Ott 96 550 5.7 22 3
1995 Ott 15 97 6.5 17 1
1996 Cgy 4 -1 -0.3 2 0
1997            
1998 BC 4 10 2.5 7 0
Total 17 467 2,436 5.2 26 31