After Derek Barnett broke the record as the first Tennesse true freshman defensive lineman to kick off the season opener, we became convinced that he will surely find a place for himself on the world’s list of successful footballers. Today, the star player boasts an impressive career timeline that covers not only his stint in the National Football League (NFL) but also at his alma mater where he won many hearts with his masterly performance and prowess on the field.
Considered as one of the most driven individuals in the NFL, Barnett began making waves at the University of Tennesse where he is best remembered for spearheading diverse transformations in the institution’s football team, following three productive seasons that eventually thrust him into immense stardom.
Derek Barnett’s Bio
The Eagles defensive end’s full name is Derek Anthony Barnett. He was born on the 25th day of June 1995, in Nashville, Tennessee. Barnett, who was rated as a four-star recruit by the Rivals.com recruiting network, had his high school education at Brentwood Academy, located in Brentwood, Tennessee. He began his college career at the University of Tennessee, where he was taught the nitty-gritty of football by Butch Jones who was the head coach of the college football team.
Talking about Barnett’s professional football career, the NFL star began playing organized football in his fifth grade. Today, the 6 feet 3 inches tall Eagles player, after three productive seasons at Tennessee, dons jersey No. 96 for the Philadelphia Eagles following his selection as the 14th overall pick in the NFL Draft in 2017. According to the information online, the footballer signed a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on June 2, 2017. The deal is worth $12.85 million and has a signing bonus of $7.48 million. He is known to have competed with the likes of Steven Means, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, and Chris Long during his training days in the camp.
While his stint at the University of Tennessee lasted, Derek Barnett broke the university’s career sack record of 32.0 and also played in the bowl game, recording a sack and six total tackles and earning himself the following college awards – Grantland National Rookie of the Year (2014), FWAA Second Team All-American (2016), Sporting News All-American Second Team (2016), Freshman All-SEC Team (2016), AP First Team All-American (2016), All-SEC Second Team (2015), ProFootballFocus All-American (2015), Walter Camp First Team All-American (2016), AFCA Second Team All-American (2016), and CBS Sports First Team All-American (2016).
Although the player has already carved out a name for himself in the football community, his mother still hopes he will pursue a degree in communications and business in the near future as Derek didn’t complete his senior year in the University of Tennessee.
Barnett’s career highlights and awards include; First-team All-SEC (2016); Super Bowl champion (LII); PFWA All-Rookie Team (2017); All-SEC Freshman Team (2014); and Consensus All-American (2016). As of 2017, the footballer’s career statistics in the football league is detailed 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 single-handedly raised by his mother Christine Barnett and he has two siblings. After a thorough search, we found out that Derek’s father is missing on the map. His name, ethnicity, nationality are not known to the public and Barnett, ever since he stormed the spotlight, has never mentioned his name to the media.
Derek came from a humble beginning as his mother worked tirelessly to put food on the table for her children. Growing up without a father figure also impacted on his childhood but Derek kept pushing with the help of his mother who eventually took up three jobs to keep her family afloat. Now, Christine works as a full-time staff at UPS although Derek wants her to retire from the position.
Body Measurements: Height & Weight
The Nashville-born player is not only blessed with good hands and athletic speed but also with good looks and well-formed body shape. With a height of 6 feet 3 inches, it is very safe to add Derek Barnett to the class of NFL players with impressive height. As for his weight, it is measured at 117 kilograms or 259lb. As obtained from Barnett’s profile on NFL site, the footballer’s arm length is put at 32 1/8 while other details about his body measurements are currently unavailable online.