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#33 (tie) - Billy Barnes
« on: September 04, 2009, 09:39:27 PM »



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Billy Barnes


The second selection at #33 on the Greatest Eagles by the Numbers list is halfback Billy Ray Barnes who played for the Eagles from 1957 thru 1961.

Billy was the Eagles’ 2nd round draft pick in 1957 out of Wake Forest, where he had set a single season rushing record. He became the starting halfback, alongside fellow rookie FB Clarence Peaks, and scored on a four-yard TD run in his first regular season game at Los Angeles. He led the Birds in rushing that season, with 529 yards on 143 carries for a respectable 3.7-yard average behind a poor offensive line, and with a team that went 4-8.

Barnes would become a stellar performer for the Eagles in the ensuing years, gaining a total of 2391 yards on 689 carries, for a 3.5-yard average with 20 TDs. His season high was 687 yards on 181 attempts in 1959, when he went over a thousand yards in total offense with another 314 yards on 32 pass receptions. Billy had two 100-yard rushing games with Philadelphia, with his best effort being 163 yards on 13 carries, including a 61-yard TD run, against Washington in ’59. His other hundred-yard game was just the previous week, interestingly enough, when he gained 111 yards on 23 attempts, with 2 TDs, against the Chicago Cardinals in a game played in Minnesota and in which the Eagles won 28-24 after having been down 24-0 in the third quarter.

Billy may not have impressed with his speed or power, but he was a runner known for his determination (especially near the goal line), and was greatly admired around the league. He was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 1957, ’58, and ’59 seasons, and was a key backfield contributor to the Eagles in their 1960 championship season. During the title game against Green Bay, he ran the ball 13 times for 42 yards, a modest-enough figure, but he had a nine-yard run and key 13-yard pass reception on the game-winning drive, and threw a block on Packer DE Bill Quinlan that helped FB Ted Dean to score the climactic TD.

While not known for his speed, he could break long gains, including a 70-yard TD run against the Packers at Green Bay in 1958, as well as the previously-referenced 61-yard run vs. the taterskins in ’59.

As a receiver out of the backfield, Billy Ray caught 120 passes for 1275 yards (a 10.6 average) and 8 touchdowns, with a season high of 35 receptions for 423 yards in 1958. His longest score was on a 67-yard pass play from Bobby Thomason vs. the Cardinals in the ’57 season finale at Connie Mack Stadium.

Barnes also occasionally threw option passes; his best single season as a passer was 1958, when he completed 4 of 6 throws for 104 yards and 3 TDs, including a 71-yarder to OE Bobby Walston against the Cardinals.

Billy was traded to the Washington taterskins following the ’61 season in the deal that brought C Jim Schrader to the Eagles. He had two productive seasons in DC, leading the team in rushing in ’62. Injured during the preseason in 1964, Barnes was cut by the taterskins and sat out the year. He returned to the Eagles as a free agent in ’65, but was traded to Minnesota for a draft choice prior to the season, and was reunited with his old backfield mate, Norm Van Brocklin, who was the head coach of the Vikings. Billy Ray retired following the ’66 season, and became head coach of the Continental Football League’s Charleston Rockets in 1968. He eventually became an assistant coach in the NFL, and served as Van Brocklin’s backfield coach in Atlanta.

Billy Barnes wasn't a spectacular back with special skills, but he was a dependable runner who could make big plays and rise to the occasion in important games. An intense competitor whose face would turn bright red during games (thus earning him the nickname “The Boiler”), Barnes’ selection to three Pro Bowls attests to both his significance to the Eagles and the regard in which he was held by the larger NFL community of that time.

Billy Barnes’ career record with the Eagles:

RUSHING

Year
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
G
12
12
12
12
12
Att.
143
156
181
117
92
Yds.
529
551
687
315
309
Avg.
3.7   
3.5   
3.8
2.7
3.4 
TD
1
7
7
4
1

PASS RECEIVING

Year
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
G
12
12
12
12
12
Rec.
19
35
32
19
15
Yds.
212
423
314
132
194
Avg.
11.2     
12.1   
9.8 
6.9 
12.9
TD
1
0
2
2
3
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Re: #33 (tie) - Billy Barnes
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2009, 09:47:07 PM »

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Re: #33 (tie) - Billy Barnes
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2009, 09:50:00 PM »

Other Eagles who wore #33:

Guy Turnbow (T, 1933)
Ray Spillers (T, 1937)
Jack Banta (HB/DB, 1941, 44-45)
Bob Masters (HB/DB, 1942)
Steve Sader (FB/LB, 1943)
Roy Barni (DB, 1954-55)
Willie Berzinski (HB, 1956)
Merrill Douglas (HB/FB, 1962)
Ollie Matson (RB, 1964-66)
Ron Blye (RB, 1969)
Steve Preece (DB, 1970-72)
Randy Jackson (RB, 1974)
Po James (RB, 1975)
Louie Giammona (RB, 1978-82)
William "Lefty" Frizzell (DB, 1986-90, 92-93)
Mike Waters (FB, 1986)
Kevin Bouie (RB, 1996)
Tim Watson (DB, 1997)
Aaron Hayden (RB, 1998)
Eric Bieniemy (RB, 1999)
Thomas Hamner (RB, 2000)
Terrence Carroll (DB, 2001)
Clinton Hart (DB, 2003-04)
Donald Strickland (DB, 2005)
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Re: #33 (tie) - Billy Barnes
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2009, 09:57:11 PM »

what the **** mother ****** william ****** frizzel monikered the god damn ****** body bag game and was one of buddy mother ****** ryans favorite players of all time...hes the winner here ******...edit your piece of **** post and make the change you *****
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Re: #33 (tie) - Billy Barnes
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2009, 12:08:16 AM »

Um, you alright Igs?

I remember Kevin Bouie. They drafted another back that year as him and they were supposed to be good...was that Fred McCrary?
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Re: #33 (tie) - Billy Barnes
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2009, 03:24:41 AM »

how old is this guy
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