Quarterbacks across the CFL are breathing a little easier today as one of the CFL's most gifted and decorated defensive backs has retired. Barron Miles, who spent five seasons in Black and Orange as well as seven seasons with the Montreal Alouettes, announced Monday that he has turned in his shoulder pads for a clipboard and whistle.
 

Miles a native of New Jersey came to the CFL in 1998 after a star studded career at NCAA powerhouse Nebraska. As a senior at Nebraska in 1994 Miles earned third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press and honorable-mention All-America accolades from the Football News as a senior in 1994. He helped the Huskers capture the national title, while claiming the New Jersey Sports Writers Association College Defensive Back-of-the-Year award.

 

He was also honored as a first-team All-Big Eight corner in 1993 and 1994. Despite those honors, Miles was probably the most underrated defensive back in the county in 1994. Miles finished 19th on the team in tackles with 40, 24 unassisted, with on fumble caused, four blocked kicks, 13 breakups and five interceptions.

Miles was the most valuable member of the NU

 special teams, he served as the backup punter on the road and even practice at quarterback earlier in the season when Frazier and Berringer were ailing.

Miles was a 6th round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1995 but injuries hampered his ability to make the team. He spent time with the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe before coming to the CFL. Joining the Montreal Aloettes in 1998, he was an instant star and was named the Leagues top rookie in 1998. A terrific teammate who gave back off of the field Miles had 7 strong seasons with Montreal as a fan favourite and close friend of Anthony Calvillo. He would capture a Grey Cup with Montreal in 2002.

 

In 2005, Miles moved West and joined Wally Buono and the B.C. Lions. Miles brought instant credibility and stabilized the Lions backfield. With the Lions Barron would be a team captain helping B.C. capture the 2006 Grey Cup.

 

After the 2009 season Barron elected to retire and join the Lions coaching staff as a player he set the all-time CFL record for most blocked kicks (13), ranking second all-time with 66 interceptions (Less Browne 87).

Appearing in 189 career CFL games (88 as a Lion), Miles finished his farewell season on a high note, picking up league all-star honours for the sixth time (99, 00, 02, 06, 08, 09) and bring his divisional kudos to nine. Leading the league atop the interceptions standings for the third time in his career, the feared ballhawk also notched 54 tackles in 2009 - his highest total since his rookie season in 1998.

One of the Lions most consistent and dependable defensive performers, Miles appeared in three Grey Cup Championships, including the club's memorable 2006 victory over the Montreal Alouettes.

With his retirement from the Black and Orange, Miles joined former teammate Mark Washington in the coaching ranks, mentoring the clubs defensive backs. In 2012 Miles moved to join the coaching staff of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. An incredible talent with a strong pedigree Barron Miles epitomized class on and of the field as a true ambassador for the CFL.

 

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