Lem Barney

Lem Barney

About Lem Barney

Lemuel Joseph 'Lem' Barney (born September 8, 1945 in Gulfport, Mississippi) is a former American Football cornerback who played for the Detroit Lions. He was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. Barney attended Jackson State University where he was a three-time All-Southwestern Conference star with 26 career interceptions. Barney is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. In 1965 he recorded 9 interceptions. In 1966 he finished with 11 interceptions. He also had punt averages of 41.7 and 42.5 in those 2 seasons. Barney was a second round draft choice in 1967. He was named 1967's defensive rookie of the year, and went on to be selected to seven Pro Bowls. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest defensive backs in Detroit Lions history. During his time in the NFL (all of which were in Detroit), Barney had 56 career interceptions, and also gained over 1000 yards returning kickoffs and punts.

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