John Barrow was an All-American at Florida and was then a fifth round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in the NFL in 1957. Barrow opted instead instead to sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. While Barrow was an American (import), under the rules at that time was listed as an non-import later in his caree (hence the N* listed in his record).r.
You certainly can't judge John Barrow's career by his statistics since the CFL kept so few defensive stats back then (ie. no defensive take or quarterback sack stats), 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).
Besides paying in the CFL, Barrow woudgo onto become the General Manager of the Toronto Argonauts for five seasons from 1971 to 1975. In Barrow's first season with the argos, theteam made it to the Grey Cup forthefirst time since the1950s, but lost to Calgary in a game marked by the late game fumble by Leon Mcquay.
John Barrow was elected to the Canadian Football Hall-of-Fame i 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.