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Jay Barker is a former professional American football quarterback, and a current Birmingham radio personality. Barker attended Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville, Alabama, where his football career began. He graduated in 1990.
Barker played college football at the University of Alabama, under head coach Gene Stallings. In the final game of the 1992 season, Barker led the Crimson Tide to a National Championship by defeating the #1 Miami Hurricanes 34–13 in the 1993 Sugar Bowl. In the 1994 season, Barker won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and finished 5th in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. Barker led the Crimson Tide to a 35-2-1 record as their starting QB (the official NCAA record book reflects a 27–11 mark due to later forfeiture of games during the 1993 season). Barker was drafted in the 1995 NFL Draft in the fifth round by the Green Bay Packers. During his NFL career, he also played for the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers. In 1998, the Toronto Argonauts signed Barker, bringing him to the Canadian Football League.
After three seasons with the Argonauts, Barker left to join the Birmingham Thunderbolts in the XFL. The XFL folded after just one season. Barker is currently an analyst for ESPN Radio and an on-air personality for WJOX in Birmingham. Both he and Al Del Greco, a former Auburn placekicker, host the Opening Drive program on WJOX, along with Tony Kurre.