Last Sunday, a name appeared on national television that many in this area might have seen on a Friday night football program.
Former East Newton Patriot, Allen Barbre (pronounced barber), was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round at the 119th pick of this year'Äôs NFL draft.
This marks the first time ever a player from the Big 8
Conference has been drafted into the NFL.
During Barbre's tenure at East Newton from 1999 to 2002, the Patriots went 36-10. They qualified for the playoffs each of those years and went as far as the state quarterfinals.
The 6'4" 300-pounder went on to play for Missouri Southern State University. While there, he started all four years and was an All-American his senior year. Barbre is credited with 254 pancake blocks (knockdown blocks) in his career at Southern.
Even though his team struggled during his tenure there (14-29), Barbre still caught the eye of the NFL scouts and was one of the few Division II players invited to the NFL combine. He proved his place there as the former Patriot ran the fastest 40-yard time of any offensive linemen at 4.84 seconds.