Barker inducted into WSU Hall of Fame

October 9, 2011 by  

YAKIMA, Wash. — Ed Barker, a Sunnyside High graduate who went on to become a record-setting receiver at Washington State University in the early 1950s, was inducted last month into WSU’s Athletic Hall of Fame.


He enrolled at Washington State (then Washington State College) in 1949 and had to earn his spot on the football team as a non-scholarship walk-on. He went on to earn first-team All-Pacific Coast Conference and Associated Press All-West Coast honors after setting a NCAA single-season and career receiving yardage records.

Barker, also a three-letter winner in track for the Cougars, finished sixth in the United States decathlon trials, barely missing a spot on the 1952 Olympic team. He was a first-round pick in the 1953 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Rams and played two years in the NFL before turning to a career in the Air Force.

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