Monday, October 17, 2011
Jersey Monday: Fred Barnett
Monday Night Football Matchup: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
Let's be honest: it's embarrassing enough that I own a Fred Barnett Dolphins jersey, considering his entire career with the team lasted 15 games, during which he totaled a less-than-impressive 53 receptions. But more embarrassing is the fact that this jersey is the only one I own to represent the Miami franchise in my collection.
I got this jersey in 1996, Barnett's first year with the team. I was in Florida on vacation with my family, and wanted to get a Dolphins jersey (by this point in my life, it was pretty clear that I was trying to put together the whole league, one jersey at a time). I purposely didn't want to go with Dan Marino, since I thought that was kind of cliché. The player I really wanted was Zach Thomas, who was in his first year in the league and seemed really cool to me, but the mall we were at didn't seem to have any Thomas jerseys. Plenty of Marinos, some Karim Abdul-Jabbars (which I refused to get on principle, because the only Abdul-Jabbar jerseys anyone should own are from the Bucks and Lakers) and, of course, Barnett. I remembered Fred fondly from his days with the Eagles, where he'd been known as a big play receiver, so I decided to get the Barnett jersey.
His Dolphins -- and NFL -- career lasted exactly six more games. He was cut in October of 1997, retired after that, and somehow I never got around to adding another Dolphins jersey to my collection. Maybe that'll change with Andrew Luck.
Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile. For the remainder of the NFL season, Jersey Monday will feature one of the teams playing on Monday Night Football.