Byron Barrett started onto his outstanding career at Warren Central High School in Vicksburg, Mississippi. At 6'3 and 260 pounds he showed true talent as an offensive lineman during his reign. As this it goes to show from his many honors in 1982.
- All county
- All District
- All State
- Mississippi MVP
- Mississippi lineman of the year
- Blue Chip
- Centenary All-American Team
- Prep All-American Team
- Who's Who All Athletes
- Selected to Mississippi High School All-Star Game
- Sports Illustrated Top 10 in 1982 Recruiting Picks
- Southeastern Conference Magazine's Top 20 Picks
Two teams, the Prep All American and Centenary All American Team, chose him as the starting center for the Mississippi All-star Team, Allstate as well as being chosen for Mississippi Golden Lineman MVP. He had so much going for him that he was one the top ten recruits of the Southeastern conference. Over 145 schools were fighting to recruit him. He decided to sign with the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) but later transferred to Northeast Louisiana University, known better now as the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
His first taste of Professional Football was when he had a brief stay at the Dallas Cowboys . He then got into the USFL and signed with the Birmingham Stallions and played until the league folded. He was then contracted by the Houston Oilers and three weeks later the 1987 NFL Strike took place. The very next day he was contracted by the New Orleans Saints. Barrett signed and played the year of the NFL Strike and then was released.
Jimmy Smith a staff writer for the Picayune Times was to quote on Sept. 25 of 1987 that, "In Two summer training camps with the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers, center/tackle D. Byron Barrett, who played collegiately at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, proudly notes that he "never fumbled a snap; (is) good with the ball. And is a leader."
After the season, he was released from his contract with the Saints. So he could go on to scout for the CFL, Arena League as well as the NFL itself. Giving others that are up and coming football hopefuls someone who knows the business from inside and out on their side.
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