Erich Barnes, the hard-hitting, speedy cornerback who helped propel the Giants to a few consecutive N.F.L. championship video games in the early 1960s, died on Friday in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. He was 86.
His dying, in a hospital, was introduced by the Giants, who stated it got here after a protracted sickness however didn’t present further particulars.
Playing for 14 seasons — three with the Chicago Bears, 4 with the Giants and 7 with the Cleveland Browns — Barnes was usually matched towards the league’s greatest huge receivers.
In his profession he intercepted 45 passes and ran seven again for touchdowns. He tied an N.F.L. document for the longest interception return for a landing when he picked off a move by the Dallas Cowboys’ Eddie LeBaron in an October 1961 recreation and raced 102 yards for a rating.
At 6 toes 2 inches and 200 kilos, Barnes had good dimension for a cornerback of his time.
“I was like a dictator or intimidator,” he informed the web site scout.com in 2008. “I kept receivers off guard. I never let them get into a rhythm. I always wanted the receiver to go where I wanted him to go.”
Barnes was voted to the Pro Bowl with the Bears in 1959, with the Giants every season from 1961 to 1964, and with the Browns in 1968. He was chosen as a first-team All-Pro in 1961, when he intercepted seven passes, returning two for scores.
“Barnes was tall and lean, and he had a little mean streak in him,” the famously rugged Giants center linebacker Sam Huff recalled in “Tough Stuff: The Man in the Middle” (1988), written with Leonard Shapiro. “If you caught a ball in front of Erich Barnes, he would make you pay for it. And when you caught something near the sideline, you’d better get way out of bounds because Erich would come after you.”
Erich (pronounced EE-rich) Theodore Barnes was born on July 4, 1935, in Elkhart, Ind. His father, Sylvester, was an actual property investor; his mom, Lura, was a homemaker.
Erich grew up a Browns fan. Recruited by Purdue, he performed halfback on offense and protection and was a receiver as effectively. He was chosen by the Bears in the fourth spherical of the 1958 N.F.L. draft.
Barnes joined the Giants in 1961 by way of a three-way commerce during which they despatched cornerback Lindon Crow to the Los Angeles Rams.
Coached by Allie Sherman, the Giants received the Eastern Conference title from 1961 by 1963 however misplaced yearly in the N.F.L. championship recreation, twice to the Green Bay Packers after which to the Bears.
The Giants groups of that period, that includes Andy Robustelli, Dick Modzelewski, Roosevelt Grier and Jim Katcavage on the line, Huff at linebacker, Barnes and Dick Lynch at cornerback and Jim Patton at security, turned defensive play right into a glamorous a part of professional soccer. Quarterback Y.A. Tittle, obtained from the San Francisco 49ers, turned a New York celeb together with his good passing.
Barnes intercepted 18 passes whereas taking part in for the Giants, and his block of a Packer punt in the 1962 N.F.L. championship recreation resulted in an end-zone restoration by Jim Collier, giving the Giants their solely landing in a 16-7 loss.
One of Barnes’s most spectacular performs got here when the Giants performed the Philadelphia Eagles at Yankee Stadium in November 1961.
Pete Previte, a clubhouse attendant, prompt to the Giant coaches that, when the time was ripe for a protracted move, they put a few of the quickest gamers who weren’t usually used on offense right into a formation.
Late in the first half, Sherman inserted Barnes and Patton as slot receivers, changing two working backs, whereas protecting his common pass-catchers, flanker Kyle Rote and ends Del Shofner and Joe Walton, in the recreation. All 5 headed downfield, and Tittle threw a 62-yard landing move to Barnes. The Giants received the recreation, 38-21.
(*86*) the Giants’ three convention championship seasons, the core of the staff started to depart by trades or retirement.
(*86*) going 2-10-2 in 1964, the Giants traded Barnes to the Browns in August 1965. He performed on Cleveland groups that went to a few N.F.L. championship video games — and misplaced every time, simply as his Giants had.
Barnes retired after the 1971 season and have become a planner of particular occasions for companies in the New York space.
He is survived by his spouse, Violet Ward Barnes; his daughters, Charissa Barnes-Johnson, Djuna Barnes and Tessa Robinson; his sisters, Joan Murkey and Linda Turner; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He had properties in Yonkers, N.Y., and Joliet, Ill.
Barnes was a heady participant, however his repute for hits that typically went over the edge. Sports Illustrated as soon as quoted him as saying that “when I was with the Giants and I would come into Cleveland, they used to call me dirty,” however that after he was traded to the Browns, “the Giants would call me dirty and Cleveland would call me aggressive.”
As he put it, “It all depends on where you were playing.”