Barnett, Tim

Card: Action Packed Rookies 1991
Acquired: TTM 1992, C/o The Kansas City Chiefs

Tim Barnett is a cousin of Philadelphia Eagles receiver Fred Barnett, who went to Jackson State. The Chiefs would take him in the third round of the 1991 draft hoping to improve their wide receiver corps which already had the superior rushing game in Christian Okoye and Barry Word. In his rookie season Tim would start 8 games, making an impressive 41 catches and 564 yards and 5 touchdowns. He’d start to really come about in 1992 starting only 3 games but establishing himself as a long range threat (18.4 yard average on 24 catches) with a long 77 yard touchdown reception. He’d help the Chiefs advance in the playoffs that year, catching a critical touchdown pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs from Joe Montana. 1993 would see another decrease in playing time once again, with Tim starting no games, but he quietly accumulated 17 receptions and a touchdown.

Unfortunately the young Barnett had been building up a rap sheet in his spare time as well for domestic assault and was on two year’s probation for misdemeanor assault and battery, -once even for pistol whipping his wife. On June 14th, 1994 Tim Barnett exposed himself and grabbed a 14 year old girl at a motel in Milwaukee. Kansas City considered Barnett toxic and immediately granted him his release. He was convicted of second degree sexual assault and was given a 3 year sentence of which if he served 6 months with good behavior would be set free.

Barnett held up his end of the bargain, and would play in the new and improved NFLE and the Scotland Claymores in 1995. He’d have a steady season with 21 receptions for 298 yards and 3 touchdowns while the team would slump to a 2-8 record under 3 head coaches. It is assumed that he still couldn’t escape his demons and return to the NFL or the NFLE for another season as he drops out of sight from here. Tim Barnett’s current whereabouts are unknown.

G/Gs 44/11   Rec 82   Yds 1188  Avg 14.5  Td 10  Lg 77T