After Derek Barnett broke the record as the first true newcomer to the Tennessee defense team at the start of the season, we were convinced that he would surely find a place on the world list of successful footballers. Today, the star player can look back on an impressive career that includes not only his time in the National Football League (NFL) but also his time at his alma mater, where he won many hearts with his masterful performances and his ability on the pitch.
Barnett is considered one of the driving forces in the NFL and began to make waves at the University of Tennessee, where he is best remembered for being at the forefront of several transformations on the institution’s football team after three productive seasons that ultimately brought him immense fame.
Derek Barnett’s Bio
The full name of the Eagles’ defensive end is Derek Anthony Barnett. He was born on June 25, 1995, in Nashville, Tennessee. Barnett, who was ranked a four-star recruit by the recruitment network Rivals.com, had completed his high school education at the Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, Tennessee. He began his college career at the University of Tennessee, where he was taught the basics of football by Butch Jones, the head coach of the college football team.
The NFL star, who spoke about Barnett’s professional football career, began playing organized football in his fifth grade. Today, after three productive seasons in Tennessee, the two-meter, three-inch Eagles player wears the Philadelphia Eagles Jersey #96 after finishing 14th in 2017. According to online information, the footballer signed a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on June 2, 2017. The contract is worth $12.85 million and has a signing bonus of $7.48 million. It is known that during his training days in the camp he competed with players like Steven Means, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, and Chris Long.
While at the University of Tennessee, Derek Barnett broke the University of Tennessee’s career sack record of 32. 0 and also played in the bowls game, scoring one sack and a total of six tackles and earning the following college awards Grantland National Rookie of the Year (2014), FWAA Second Team All-American (2016), Sporting News All-American Second Team (2016), First All-SEC Team (2016), AP First All-American Team (2016), Second All-SEC Team (2015), ProFootballFocus All-American (2015), Walter Camp First All-American Team (2016), AFCA Second All-American Team (2016) and CBS Sports First All-American Team (2016).
Although the player has already made a name for himself in the football community, his mother still hopes he will graduate in Communications and Business in the near future as Derek has not finished his senior year at the University of Tennessee.
Barnett’s career highlights and awards include First All-SEC Team (2016), Super Bowl Champion (LII), PFWA All-Rookie Team (2017), All-SEC Novice Team (2014), and Consensus All-American (2016). Starting in 2017, the career statistics of footballers in the football league will be presented in detail as follows: Total Tackles: 21; Sacks: 5.0; Forced Fumbles: 1; Fumble Recoveries: 2; and Defensive Touchdowns: 1.
His Parents – Who Are They?
The footballer was raised by his mother Christine Barnett on her own and has two siblings. After a thorough search, we found out that Derek’s father is missing from the map. His name, ethnicity, nationality are not known to the public, and Barnett has never mentioned his name to the media since he stormed into the limelight.
Derek came from humble beginnings as his mother worked tirelessly to put food on the table for her children. Growing up without a father figure also affected his childhood, but Derek pushed on with the help of his mother, who eventually took on three jobs to keep her family afloat. Now Christine works full-time at UPS, although Derek wants her to step down from that position.
Body Measurements: Height & Weight
The Nashville-born player is blessed not only with good hands and athletic speed but also with good looks and a well-shaped body. With a height of 6 feet 3 inches, it is very safe to place Derek Barnett in the class of NFL players with impressive height. As for his weight, it is measured at 117 kilograms or 259 pounds. As shown in Barnett’s profile on the NFL website, the footballer’s arm length is given as 32 1/8, while other information on his body measurements is not currently available online.