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