John Barrow was an All-American at Florida where he played his college ball in the states. Barrow was a fifth round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in the NFL, but signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats that year. Barrow was an American (import), but under the rules at that time was listed as an non-import later in his career. You certainly can't judge John Barrow's career by his statistics since the CFL kept so few defensive stats back then, but Barrow ranks up there as one of the best defensive linemen to play in the CFL. Actually, that statement is not totally correct. Barrow also played offensive tackle at the start of his career and for his first four seasons (1957-1960), Barrow won All-Star recognition at BOTH offensive and defensive tackle. Not too shabby huh? In total, in his 14 seasons all with Hamilton, Barrow was an Eastern All-Star on the defensive line (either middle guard or defensive tackle) for 12 of those years, missing only in 1968 and 1970. The All-Canadian team was not not named until 1964 and for the first four years (1964-67), Barrow was on that team as well. In 1962, Barrow was named the top defensive player in the CFL. In a poll taken in 2006, Barrow was named to the top 50 players in CFL history (#17). John Barrow was elected to the CFL Hall-of-Fame in 1976.
John Barrow passed away on February 17, 2015.
Barrow had one rushing TD on a 36 yard lateral in 1960.
Barrow caught one pass for 31 yards and a touchdown in 1960.