Barry Wilburn

American football player (born 1963)

American football player
Barry Wilburn
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Wilburn playing for the Redskins in the 1987-88 NFC Championship game
No. 45, 47, 3, 1
Personal information
Born: (1963-12-09) December 9, 1963 (age 60)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:Melrose
College:Ole Miss
NFL draft:1985 / Round: 8 / Pick: 219
Career history
  • Washington Redskins (1985–1989)
  • Cleveland Browns (1992)
  • Saskatchewan Roughriders (1993)
  • BC Lions (1994)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1995–1996)
  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1999)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at PFR

Barry Todd Wilburn (born December 9, 1963) is an American former professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football for the Ole Miss Rebels and was selected by the Washington Redskins in the eighth round of the 1985 NFL Draft.[1] Wilburn played in eight NFL seasons from 1985 to 1996 (he missed two seasons due to injury) and in two CFL seasons for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the British Columbia Lions. He played in one final season in 1999 for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before retiring.

Professional career

Wilburn was drafted in the 8th round of the 1985 Draft by the Washington Redskins. Wilburn had a breakout year in the strike-shortened 1987 NFL season after leading the league in interceptions recording 9 and was named to the first-team All-Pro. Wilburn started in Super Bowl XXII that year and recorded two interceptions in their 42-10 victory against the Denver Broncos. In 1992, Wilburn signed with the Cleveland Browns but only played in 6 games. After his stint with the Browns, he then spent a few years in the Canadian Football League playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and the BC Lions where he also won a Grey Cup title as a member of the 1994 BC Lions, making him one of only ten players[2] to have won football championships on both sides of the border (Super Bowl and Grey Cup). After his CFL stint, Wilburn returned to the NFL signing with the Philadelphia Eagles but saw limited playing time. In 1999 Wilburn returned to the CFL and signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Wilburn then retired after the 1999 season and he retired with 246 career tackles, 20 career interceptions, and five fumble recoveries in the NFL.

Wilburn holds the Washington record for the longest interception return after scoring on a 100-yard return against the Minnesota Vikings in 1987.[3]

Personal life

Wilburn is the son of Olympic great, Margaret Matthews Wilburn and the father of Jordan and Dominique Wilburn, named for his two favorite NBA basketball players.


  1. ^ "1985 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved October 5, 2023.
  2. ^ "Canadian Football Fantasy-Super Bowl & Grey Cup Winning Players". Archived from the original on March 29, 2016.
  3. ^ "Reed rumbles 108 yards for NFL record | Longest interception returns by team". Pro Football Hall of Fame. November 24, 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
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Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXII champions
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BC Lions 82nd Grey Cup champions
  • Head coach: Dave Ritchie

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