Jeff Barnes Wall of Fame

Welcome To The Black Hole Mr. Jeff Barnes

If ever there were a more perfect match for an induction into The Black Hole family we would be hard pressed to find one more deserving then Jeff Barnes. A heralded Linebacker for our beloved Raiders this man is from the town where it all began for The Black Hole back in 1995, Hayward California.

Jeff, a highly accomplished athlete from Hayward High School who eventually starred for the Silver and Black was a no brainer and a must inductee into our Wall of Fame.

The event held at the famous Ricky’s Sports Theater in 2010 included a lineup of entertainment that culminated in inductions and Barnes was definitely one of the headliners.

Jeff Barnes grew up in Hayward and attended Hayward High School from 1969-1973. Barnes excelled on defense for the Farmers using his size at 6 feet 2 inches and 220 pounds to intimidate anyone who dared to carry the ball on his turf. A big time hitter who struck fear into the hearts of his opponents, Barnes made 1st All-HAAL and All-South County his junior year (1971) and senior year (1972). After graduation from Hayward High in 1973, he then continued his football career at Chabot College during the 1973 and 1974 seasons. Barnes was also a special teams starter, blocking two kicks which were recovered for touchdowns. He made All-Golden Gate conference and attracted the attention of major college football coaches around the country for his rough and rugged style of play at linebacker.

Barnes enjoyed 10 seasons with the raiders: five as a member of the Oakland Raiders and five as the Los Angeles Raiders. He played a total of 157 games in his NFL career with the Raiders. He intercepted 5 passes and had 6.5 sacks. However, nothing tops the two Super Bowl Championships that Barnes won as a member of the Raiders.

Jeff Barnes will be remembered as one of the greatest and toughest defensive players in the history of Hayward High, Chabot College and University of California at Berkeley. His fans will never forget his tough, full-tilt, let it all hang out style of play. Barnes will be remembered as a winner at every level of football competition.

We are happy and proud to have Jeff as a part of The Black Hole and look forward to seeing his smile at our tailgates and events for years to come.

Jeff, this Bud’s for you…..

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In 1995, a group of hard-core Raiders fans had an idea – create a fan group clad in black that would eventually encompass all of Raider Nation. Read more....

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