Monday, December 14, 2015

1977 Profile: Stew Barber

Assistant General Manager
'An All-AFL lineman in his playing days, Stew Barber steps into a new role for the Bills. After two years as a college talent scout, Barber has been promoted to assistant general manager. His responsibilities include the annual college draft, the signing of all veteran and rookie players and the coordination of the college and pro scouting effort.
'We are putting a heavy burden on Stew,' owner Ralph Wilson said in defining his duties, 'but, as he demonstrated first as a player and more recently as a college scout, he is equal to the assignment.'
The Bills' fourth round draft choice out of Penn State in 1961, Barber was also drafted by Dallas of the NFL in the third round. He elected for Buffalo, and over the next nine seasons played in 112 consecutive regularly-scheduled games, was a five-time All-AFL selection and appeared in four League all-star games. Barber was a member of both of the Bills' AFL championship teams.
An All-East tackle for the Nittany Lions, Barber played in the Liberty Bowl, the Blue-Grey game, and the College All-America and College All-Star Games. He earned his college degree in economics and real estate.
After a stint in private business and some part-time scouting duties with the Bills, Barber landed a pro coaching job with the New York Stars of the World Football League. He moved with the WFL franchise when it transferred to Charlotte before it finally folded. Barber caught on with the WFL Chicago Wind in 1975 but left to accept a scouting position with the Bills."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Yearbook

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