Roosevelt Barnes (American football)

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Roosevelt Barnes
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Personal information
Born: (1958-08-03) August 3, 1958 (age 63)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:224 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Fort Wayne (IN) Wayne
NFL Draft:1982 / Round: 10 / Pick: 266
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 70 yard interception return, tied for NFL's 3rd longest return of the year (1983)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

Roosevelt Barnes, Jr. (born August 3, 1958) is a former football linebacker for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League and a current sports agent. He played three sports at Purdue Universityfootball, basketball, and baseball. While he was most noted as a football player, he also enjoyed significant success in basketball, playing on Purdue's 1980 Final Four team.[1] After retiring from professional football, in 1987 Barnes became a partner and contract advisor with Maximum Sports Management. He has negotiated contracts for Laveranues Coles, Walter Jones, Ray Lewis, Ndamukong Suh,[1] Roman Oben, and Andre Wadsworth among others.[2]

High school

Barnes attended Wayne High School in Fort Wayne. As a junior, he led his team to the SAC conference title, and the Generals also won their first sectional championship. As a senior, the team repeated, winning the school's second sectional title.

As reported in the Wayne Generals 2009–10 Winter Athletic Program,[3] Barnes' high-school career resulted in the following awards and Wayne High School accomplishments:

  • Boys' Basketball Individual Records:
    • most career points scored (1304 points)
    • highest career scoring average (18.6ppg)
    • 2nd best career assists record (439 assists)
    • 2nd best single-season scoring record (509 points, 1975/76)
    • 3rd best single-season assists record (212 assists, 1975/76)
  • Boys' Basketball Team Records:
    • best single-season team record (20–3, .870, 1976/77)
    • 2nd best single-season team record (20–6, .769, 1975/76)
    • highest single-season team offensive average (72.9ppg, 1976/77)
  • Awards Received:
    • 3-time basketball All-SAC selection (1974/75, 1975/76, 1976/77)
    • Indiana basketball All-Star team selection (1976/77)


After his success in high school, Barnes attended Purdue University on a basketball scholarship. At Purdue, Barnes demonstrated his athletic diversity by playing on the varsity basketball (4 years), football (1 year) and baseball (1 year) teams. After Purdue, Barnes continued his football career as a 10th round draft pick of the Detroit Lions.

Personal life

Barnes has four children in all—three biological and one adopted. The adopted son, Caleb Swanigan (1997-2022), was a 1st-round NBA draft pick (26th overall) for the Portland Trail Blazers,[4] and played basketball at Purdue. Barnes also serves as an AAU basketball coach.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Medcalf, Myron (January 24, 2017). "Purdue's Caleb Swanigan has changed his body and his life". Retrieved January 24, 2017.
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  3. ^ Wayne Generals 2009–10 Winter Athletic Program, Wayne High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  4. ^ Hoffman, Benjamin; Tracy, Marc (22 June 2017). "N.B.A. Draft: Analysis of Every Pick and Trade in Round 1". The New York Times.