Considered one of the most motivated individuals in the NFL, Barnett started making waves at the University of Tennesse, where he is best known for leading various transformations in the institution’s football team, after three productive seasons that ultimately propelled him to immense stardom.
Derek Barnett bio
The full name of the Eagles defense is DerekAnthony Barnett. He was born on June 25, 1995 in Nashville, Tennessee. Barnett, who was rated a four-star recruit by recruiting network Rivals.com, received his high school education from Brentwood Academy, located in Brentwood, Tennessee. He started his college career at the University of Tennessee, where he learned the basics of football from Butch Jones, who was the head coach of the varsity football team.
Talking about Barnett’s professional football career, the NFL star started playing organized football in the fifth grade. Today, the 6-foot-3-inch-tall Eagles player, after three productive seasons in Tennessee, dons the Philadelphia Eagles’ No. 96 jersey after being selected as the 14th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. reports online, the footballer signed a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on June 2, 2017. The deal is worth $12.85 million and comes with a signing bonus of $7.48 million. He is known to have feuded with the likes of Steven Means, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry and Chris Long during his camp training days.
While his stint at the University of Tennessee lasted, Derek Barnett broke the college’s sack career record of 32.0 and also played in the bowl game, recording one sack and six total tackles and earning the following varsity 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 made a name for himself in the football community, his mother still hopes that he will pursue a degree in communications and business in the near future as Derek has not completed his final year at the University of Tennessee.
His career highlights and awards include: First Team All-SEC (2016); Super Bowl champion (LII); PFWA Rookie Student Team (2017); All-SEC Freshman Team (2014); and Consensus All-American (2016). As of 2017, the footballer’s career stats in the football league are detailed as follows: Total tackles: 21; Bags: 5.0; Forced Fumbles: 1; Fumble recoveries: 2; and defensive touchdowns: 1.
His parents – who are they?
The footballer was raised single-handedly by his mother Christine Barnett and he has two siblings. After a thorough search, we discovered that Derek’s father was missing on the map. His name, ethnicity, nationality are not known to the public and Barnett, since storming 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 also took a toll on his childhood, but Derek kept pushing with the help of his mother who eventually took on three jobs to keep his family afloat. Today, Christine works as a full-time employee at UPS, although Derek wants her to retire.
Body measurements: height and weight
The Nashville-born player is not only blessed with good hands and athletic speed, but also with good looks and a well-formed body shape. With a height of 6 feet 3 inches, it is very sure to add Derek Barnett to the class of NFL players with impressive height. As for its weight, it is measured at 117 kilograms or 259lb. As obtained from Barnett’s profile on the NFL website, the footballer’s arm length is put at 32 1/8 while further details of his measurements are currently unavailable online.