Sept. 11, 2004
GREEN BAY, Wisc. - Former Santa Clara University punter Bryan Barker will begin his distinguished 15-year National Football League career Monday when his Green Bay Packers open the season on Monday Night Football at the Carolina Panthers.
Barker, 40, during his distinguished 15-year NFL career has punted for Kansas City (1990-93), Philadelphia (1994), Jacksonville (1995-2000) and Washington (2001-03), who terminated him Feb. 24. He signed with Green Bay on August 23 and earned a roster spot after beating out rookie and third round draft pick B.J. Sander from Ohio State during the preseason.
In 2003, the 6-1, 174-pound Barker averaged 40.2 gross yards and 34.3 net yards on 84 punts for the Redskins, including 24 inside the 20. His season-long 69-yarder was the longest by an NFC punter last season.
Originally signed out of Santa Clara as a non-drafted free agent by the Denver Broncos in May, 1988, he was waived by Denver that July, then spent 1989 training camp with Seattle before getting released. Then, in 1990, he joined the Chiefs early in the season and earned all-rookie recognition. In 211 NFL games, he has averaged 42.2 gross yards and 35.7 net yards on 1,016 punts, with 297 inside the 20.
Barker has helped his teams to three AFC Championship games (1993 with Kansas City, and 1996 and '99 with Jacksonville). He earned a Pro Bowl selection after the 1997 season.