56 Days to Miami Football: LB Micheal Barrow 2x National Champion

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 29: (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
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Micheal Barrow was an elite linebacker with the Miami football program from 1989-92. Barrow won two National Championships and left as the third leading tackler in program history.

Micheal Barrow was part of the best linebacking corps in the history of the Miami football program in the early 1990s with Jessie Armstead and Darrin Smith. Barrow was a key part of National Championship teams in 1989 and 1991 and left the Hurricanes as the third leading tackler in program history.

Barrow had his best season as a senior. Finishing with 136 tackles, Barrow was named a first-team All-American, the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, runner-up for the Butkus Award, finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy balloting and was named as the Jack Harding Miami football team MVP.

Barrow finished his Miami career with 423 tackles. In the four seasons with Barrow a key part of the defense, Miami went 44-4. Following his collegiate career, Barrow was selected 47th overall in the second round by the Houston Oilers in the 1993 NFL Draft.

Barrow spent four seasons in Houston, three with the Carolina Panthers,  four with the New York Giants and finished his NFL career playing in two games with the Dallas Cowboys in 2005. In his NFL career, Barrow finished with 1,124 tackles, 57 tackles for loss, 43 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, 10 fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

Barrow played on the Giants 2000 NFC Championship team and in Super Bowl XXV that lost 34-7 to the Baltimore Ravens. Barrow had 24 tackles, one TFL and one sack during the Giants Superbowl run.

Barrow was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, in between his former LB mates, Armstead who was a 2004 inductee and Smith who was inducted in 2005. Barrow is a legendary figure of the history of the Miami football program.

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A leader and community builder after his hometown, Homestead, Florida was devastated by Hurricane Andrew, Barrow is the best number 56 in Miami Hurricanes football history. Barrow was perhaps most well knows at Miami for his hit of Florida State wide receiver Tamarick Vanover to break up a pass.