Harris Barton

Harris Scott Barton (born April 19, 1964) is a fund manager and a former All-Pro American football offensive lineman who played for the San Francisco 49ers.

Harris Barton
No. 79
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born:April 19, 1964 (age 55)
Sandy Springs, Georgia
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:286 lb (130 kg)
Career information
High school:Dunwoody (GA)
College:North Carolina
NFL Draft:1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:138
Games started:134
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Harris Scott Barton was born in Sandy Springs, Georgia, and is Jewish.[1]

Both of Barton's parents were from New York City and were Jewish; his mother Joan from an Orthodox Jewish family in Queens, New York, and his father Paul from Brooklyn, New York.[2] Paul Barton was a traveling salesman who sold women's uniforms throughout the Southeastern United States.[3] Both of his parents developed and eventually died of brain cancer, leading Barton later in life to found Champion Charities, which raises money to fund brain tumor research at University of California, San Francisco.[4][5]

Barton began playing football at age five.[1] He grew up in a kosher Orthodox Jewish home in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended Hebrew Academy of Atlanta, now known as the Atlanta Jewish Academy, through the fifth grade and graduated from Atlanta's Dunwoody High School.[6][7][8][9][2] Barton was named DeKalb County MVP his senior year at Dunwoody.[10]

College football career

Barton was recruited by over 100 colleges including University of Southern California, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame, but chose the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill[1] with head coach Dick Crum.

Originally thought to be a possible defensive lineman, Barton was switched to center early in his first summer of practice at UNC.[1]

Barton was a four-year starter during his time at UNC; starting center his freshman year, before moving to left tackle mid-season during his sophomore year, playing that position for the remainder of his collegiate career.[11]

He played against William "Refrigerator" Perry and his brother Michael Dean Perry at Clemson.[1]

Barton was named to a number of All-America teams, including the NCAA's All-American Scholar/Athlete Team and Academic All-ACC.[11] During his senior year Barton was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Outstanding Offensive Lineman.[11][12] While at UNC Barton played in the Japan Bowl.[10]


Barton graduated with a BA in Finance from UNC in 1987.[13]

Professional football career

Barton was a first-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 1987, and the 22nd pick overall.[14] He was the first offensive lineman chosen in the opening round by the San Francisco 49ers since Forrest Blue in 1968.[15] During his first year playing for the 49ers, Barton was runner up in Rookie of the Year voting.[16]

In 1994, during the 49ers opener against the Los Angeles Raiders at Candlestick Park, Barton tore his left triceps tendon which required surgery to repair, benching him for part of the '94 season.[17] He was replaced by Harry Boatswain.[18]

During his ten-year pro career, Barton played 138 career NFL games, including 89 consecutive games [1] and three Super Bowls.

Barton started in 134 of his 138 career games.[19] Barton retired after the 1998 season.[19] In 2006 he was inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Northern California, and in March 2011 he was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[20][21]

After football

Along with former teammates Ronnie Lott and Joe Montana, Barton was a Managing Partner of Champion Ventures in 1999,[22] raising $40 million in an original round from professional athletes such as Steve Kerr, Barry Bonds, Wayne Gretzky, Peyton Manning,[23] Keyshawn Johnson and Dan Marino.[24]

Champion Ventures, later renamed HRJ, was a fund of funds which invested in private equity, venture capital, and hedge funds and managed $2.4 billion at its peak in May 2008.

In April 2009, the fund was taken over by Capital Dynamics in a bid to augment its fund of funds platform and gain a foothold in Silicon Valley.[25]

In October 2010, he left Capital Dynamics to start the angel investment firm H. Barton Asset Management.[26]

Personal life

Barton lived in Peninsula, California, and lives in Palo Alto, California, with his wife, Megan,[27] and his four children.[28][20]

He donates his time to a number of organizations including REDF,[29] The First Tee,[30] Champion Charities (a 501(c) organization, he founded with former teammate and business partner Ronnie Lott),[31] the 49ers Foundation and the Giants Community Fund.[32]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f Browning, Wilt (October 25, 2007). "2007 ACC Football Legend: North Carolina's Harris Barton".
  2. ^ a b 100 Things 49ers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die - Daniel Brown, Roger Craig
  3. ^ Plaschke, Bill (December 7, 1993). "The Good Son: 49er Lineman Harris Barton Discovers What Really Matters Is His Father". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Brown, Daniel (June 14, 2012). "Harris Barton assembles QB dream team: Montana, Young, Plunkett, Brady and Rodgers".
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Altman-Ohr, Andy (March 17, 2011). "Giants' boss, ex-49er give federation breakfast all-star appeal".
  8. ^ Murphy, Austin (September 5, 1994). "Rt Harris Barton/lt Steve Wallace". CNN.
  9. ^ Quarterback legends Joe Montana, Steve Young come to Harris Barton’s aid – The Mercury News
  10. ^ a b "Harris Barton". Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  11. ^ a b c "Harris Barton". Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  12. ^ "1986 UNC Football Schedule". Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  13. ^ "Harris Barton". Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  14. ^ Price, Taylor (May 14, 2009). "Harris Barton: 10-Year Club". 49ers.com.
  15. ^ "Make A Name For Himself? 49er Rookie Has Good Head Start". Chicago Tribune. August 12, 1987.
  16. ^ Fucillo, David (July 30, 2009). "49ers All-time Offensive Tackle #2".
  17. ^ "49ers' Barton Expected To Miss 10 Weeks". September 9, 1994.
  18. ^ "49ers Demote Two Starters On Offense". October 6, 1994.
  19. ^ a b "Harris Scott Barton". Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  20. ^ a b Harris Barton – Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Northern California
  21. ^ "Harris Barton". Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  22. ^ "Company Overview of HRJ Capital".
  23. ^ Lau, Debra. "A Punt In Search Of Returns". Forbes. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  24. ^ Sinton, Peter (September 18, 2000). "New Team of Champions / Montana rejoins Lott, Barton to help pro athletes invest". The San Francisco Chronicle.
  25. ^ Janis, Amanda (April 1, 2009). "CapDyn gains Silicon Valley foothold with HRJ take-over".
  26. ^ Aragon, Lawrence (October 13, 2010). "Harris Barton Takes Flight from Capital Dynamics to Focus on Angel Investing".
  27. ^ Steger, Pat (August 12, 1987). "Hot Parties, Cool Nights / Billy and Vanessa Getty celebrate 2 months, and Bill Blass visits Tahoe". The San Francisco Chronicle.
  28. ^ "2005 9th Symphony Class". Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  29. ^ "REDF Board of Directors". Archived from the original on January 4, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  30. ^ Furlong, Lisa. "Golfers Who Give Back". Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  31. ^ "Our Story, Our Team". Archived from the original on December 17, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  32. ^ Kegley, Scott (February 9, 2011). "Walking with the Champs at Pebble Beach". Archived from the original on February 13, 2011.
1987 NFL Draft

The 1987 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 28–29, 1987, at the Marriot Marquis in New York City, New York. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

1987 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1987 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 38th year with the National Football League. The 49ers won the division for the second consecutive season, and ended the season as the top seed in the NFC playoffs. The season ended with an upset loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round of the playoffs.

1988 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1988 San Francisco 49ers season was their 43rd season in the National Football League. The season was highlighted by their third Super Bowl victory. In 1988, the 49ers struggled. At one point, they were 6–5 and in danger of missing the playoffs but rose to defeat the Washington Redskins on a Monday night, eventually finishing the season at 10–6. They gained a measure of revenge by thrashing the Minnesota Vikings 34–9 in the first round. The 49ers then traveled to Chicago's Soldier Field, where the chill factor at gametime was 26 degrees below zero. They defeated the Chicago Bears 28–3 in the NFC Championship.

For the 49ers, it was their first Super Bowl appearance since they defeated the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX. They had made the playoffs in the three seasons between Super Bowl XIX and Super Bowl XXIII, but were eliminated each time in the first round, primarily because of the poor performances by their offensive stars in those games; quarterback Joe Montana, receiver Jerry Rice and running back Roger Craig all failed to produce a single touchdown.

The 49ers alternated quarterbacks as Montana and Steve Young both started at various points of the season. The broadcast booth of the 49ers radio network also saw change, as Joe Starkey substituted for longtime 49ers play by play announcer Lon Simmons during several games, mostly in October when Simmons called the Oakland Athletics 1988 American League Championship Series and 1988 World Series games for the Oakland A's flagship station, KSFO–AM. The 1988 season was the last for Simmons as 49ers broadcaster. With the regular season and postseason, the 49ers compiled a total of 13 victories (a .684 win percentage) on the season, a record-low for Super Bowl champions. In 2011, the New York Giants would tie this record (but with a .650 win percentage as they suffered seven losses as opposed to the 49ers six).

1991 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1991 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 42nd year with the National Football League. The franchise did not qualify for the postseason for the first time since the strike-shortened 1982 season. Joe Montana would miss the entire season with an elbow injury, paving the way for Steve Young to take over as the team's starting quarterback.

In Week 17, the 49ers found themselves not controlling their destiny. The Atlanta Falcons had already swept the 49ers in 2 very close games in the regular season, and therefore held the tiebreaker in the wild card. The New Orleans Saints had a 10–5 record entering the week, and defeated the Phoenix Cardinals, winning the division.

1992 All-Pro Team

The 1992 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1992. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the four teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 1992 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008.

1993 All-Pro Team

The 1993 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1993. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 1993 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008.

1993 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1993 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 44th year with the National Football League. The 49ers appeared in the NFC Championship Game for the second consecutive season and for the fifth time in six seasons. For the first time since 1978, Joe Montana was not on their active roster; specifically, the 49ers had traded him away to the Chiefs in April.

1994 Pro Bowl

The 1994 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 1993 season. The game was played on February 6, 1994, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final Score was NFC 17, AFC 3. Andre Rison of the Atlanta Falcons was the game's MVP. This was also Joe Montana's last Pro Bowl appearance (coincidentally, the coaches for this game were from both teams that Montana played for in his career: Kansas City's Marty Schottenheimer and San Francisco's George Seifert). The referee was Gordon McCarter.

The game was tied 3-3 at halftime on field goals by Norm Johnson of the Atlanta Falcons and Gary Anderson of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The NFC scored late in the 3rd quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by Los Angeles Ram rookie, Jerome Bettis. The NFC scored again in the 4th quarter on a touchdown pass from Bobby Hebert (Falcons) to Cris Carter (Minnesota Vikings) to provide the final margin.

Barton Brands

Barton Brands, Ltd. was a company that produced a variety of distilled beverages and liqueurs and is now part of the Sazerac Company, which is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has its principal offices in Louisville, Kentucky. The Barton distillery, currently known as the Barton 1792 distillery, was originally established in 1879, and is located in Bardstown, Kentucky.

Some of Barton's better-known brands and products have included the 1792 Bourbon, Kentucky Tavern, and Very Old Barton bourbons; Fleischmann's, Skol and Wave Vodkas; the 99 line of schnapps (99 Apples, 99 Bananas, etc.); Calypso and Barton rums; Capitan, El Toro and Montezuma tequilas and Mr. Boston and Fleischmann's gins.

In 1993, Barton was acquired by Canandaigua Wine Company, later Constellation Brands. In 2009, Constellation sold Barton to the Sazerac Company.

Dick Crum (American football)

Dick Crum (born April 29, 1934) is a former American football player and coach. He served as head coach at Miami University (1974–1977), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1978–1987), and Kent State University (1988–1990), compiling a career college football record of 113–77–4. Crum is a 1957 graduate of Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio and received a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Eric Heitmann

Eric Wade Heitmann (born February 24, 1980) is a former center. He was drafted by the 49ers in the 7th round (239th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft.

Frampton Cotterell

Frampton Cotterell is a village and parish, in South Gloucestershire, South West England, on the River Frome. The village is contiguous with Winterbourne to the south-west and Coalpit Heath to the east. The parish borders Iron Acton to the north and Westerleigh to the south-east, the large town of Yate is 3 miles (4.8 km) away. The village is 8.7 miles (14 km) north-east of the city of Bristol.

The village has evolved from a once rural Gloucestershire village, to a partial dormitory village for Bristol. The population according to the UK crime statistics was around 9,385 and is increasing. The population was remeasured at the 2011 census and came to 6,520 for the parish alone.

Greenfield Hebrew Academy

Katherine and Jacob Greenfield Hebrew Academy (GHA) is the first Jewish day school in Metro Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It was located in Sandy Springs. GHA is also was the first Jewish day school in the country to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and has been honored twice as a National School of Excellence by the Council for American Private Education.

The school was founded in 1953.As of July 1, 2014, the school officially merged with the modern Orthodox high school, Yeshiva Atlanta, founded in 1971, and the combined school is called Atlanta Jewish Academy. In November 2017 it had a ribbon cutting for the opening of a $9 million, 19,000-square-foot addition to its Northland Drive campus in Sandy Springs.

Harris (given name)

Notable people with given name Harris include:

Harris Allan (born 1985), Canadian actor and recording artist

Harris Andrews (born 1996), Australian footballer with the Brisbane Lions

Harris Armstrong (1899-1973), American modernist architect

Harris Barron (born 1926), American artist

Harris Barton (born 1964), American football player

Harris Blake (1929–2014), American politician

Harris Boyle (1953–1975), Irish soldier

Harris Downey (1907–1979), American writer

Harris Faulkner (born 1965), American newscaster and television host

Harris Hines (1943-2018), American judge

Harris A. Houghton (1874-1946), American physician and military intelligence officer

Harris Hull (1909–1993), American USAF general

Harris Jayaraj (born 1975), Indian film score composer

Harris Johns, German record producer

Harris Weinstock (1854-1922), American businessman.

Harris Wittels (1984–2015), American comedian and actor

Harris Wofford (born 1926), American attorney and politician

Harris (rapper) (born 1976), German rapper

List of North Carolina Tar Heels in the NFL Draft

The North Carolina Tar Heels football team, representing the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has had 215 American football players drafted into the National Football League (NFL) since the league began holding drafts in 1936. The highest that a Tar Heel has ever been drafted is second overall, which has happened on four occasions: Ken Willard in 1965, Lawrence Taylor in 1981, Julius Peppers in 2002, and Mitch Trubisky in 2017 The Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins have drafted the most Tar Heels with sixteen and fifteen, respectively. Every current NFL franchise has drafted a player from North Carolina.Each NFL franchise seeks to add new players through the annual NFL Draft. The draft rules were last updated in 2009. The team with the worst record the previous year picks first, the next-worst team second, and so on. Teams that did not make the playoffs are ordered by their regular-season record, with any remaining ties broken by strength of schedule. Playoff participants are sequenced after non-playoff teams, based on their round of elimination (wild card, division, conference, and Super Bowl).Before the merger agreements in 1966, the American Football League (AFL) operated in direct competition with the NFL and held a separate draft. This led to a massive bidding war over top prospects between the two leagues, along with the subsequent drafting of the same player in each draft. As part of the merger agreement on June 8, 1966, the two leagues held a multiple round "Common Draft". Once the AFL officially merged with the NFL in 1970, the "Common Draft" simply became the NFL Draft.Twenty-four Tar Heels have been drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, with the most recent being Mitch Trubisky in 2017. The single first round of the NFL Draft with the most Tar Heels selected was 1998 with three: Greg Ellis, Brian Simmons, and Vonnie Holliday. Of the Tar Heels selected in the NFL Draft, fifteen have been selected to a Pro Bowl, seventeen have been a member of a Super Bowl winning team; four have achieved both. The most Tar Heels selected in a single NFL Draft is nine, in 2011.

Lott Trophy

The Lott IMPACT Trophy is presented annually to the college football defensive IMPACT player of the year. IMPACT is an acronym for: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity. The award purports to equally recognize the personal character of the winning player as well as his athletic excellence. The award selection is voted on by members of the national media, previous finalists, the board of directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. The award is named in honor of College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back, Ronnie Lott.

North Carolina Tar Heels football

The North Carolina Tar Heels football team represents the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the sport of American football. The Tar Heels have played in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Being the oldest public university and oldest collegiate team in the Carolinas, the school is nicknamed "Carolina" in athletics. The program's title in football is "Carolina Football".

North Carolina has played in 31 bowl games in its history and won three Southern Conference championships and five Atlantic Coast Conference titles. Thirty Tar Heel players have been honored as first-team All-Americas on 38 occasions. Carolina had 32 All-Southern Conference selections when it played in that league until 1952 and since joining the ACC in 1953, has had 174 first-team All-ACC choices. Since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953, the team has won five conference championships, with the most recent title coming in 1980.

One very important contribution to the game of football by Carolina is the modern use of the forward pass; they were the first college team to use the play in 1895. Bob Quincy notes in his 1973 book They Made the Bell Tower Chime:

"John Heisman, a noted historian, wrote 30 years later that, indeed, the Tar Heels had given birth to the forward pass against the Bulldogs (UGA). It was conceived to break a scoreless deadlock and give UNC a 6–0 win. The Tar Heels were in a punting situation and a Georgia rush seemed destined to block the ball. The punter, with an impromptu dash to his right, tossed the ball and it was caught by George Stephens, who ran 70 yards for a touchdown."

The program has long been overshadowed by the school's powerhouse men's basketball team. While not a consistent football powerhouse, the Carolina football program has had intermittent success and has featured a number of great players, many of whom have gone on to prominence in the National Football League, including Lawrence Taylor, Charlie Justice, Chris Hanburger, Ken Willard, Don McCauley, William Fuller, Harris Barton, Jeff Saturday, Alge Crumpler, Willie Parker, Greg Ellis, Dré Bly, Julius Peppers and Hakeem Nicks.

Roger Vick

Roger Vick (born August 11, 1964 in Conroe, Texas) is a former professional American football running back/fullback in the NFL for the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles from 1987 to 1990. He played college football at Texas A&M University. He also played on the Orlando Thunder in the World League.

Though Vick had a decent but unspectacular career for his position, his selection during the 1987 NFL Draft was noteworthy as he was the only fullback selected in the first round. It is customary for fullbacks to be selected in the mid rounds or later, as fullbacks are often not considered as important as other skill players on offense, which was why many were surprised by the Jets taking Vick in the first round, especially with future All-Pro lineman Harris Barton still on the board.

Pete Rozelle: "The New York Jets' first round selection, fullback-" Unnamed fan: "OHHH NO!" Rozelle: "Roger Vick, Texas A&M"

Ronnie Lott

Ronald Mandel Lott (born May 8, 1959) is a former American professional football player who was a cornerback, free safety, and strong safety in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons during the 1980s and 1990s.

Lott played college football for the University of Southern California (USC), and was honored as a consensus All-American. A first-round pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, he played for the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Jets, and Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. Lott was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, and is widely considered to be one of the best of all time at the safety position in NFL history and one of the best players in NFL history.

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