Barry Foster

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Barry Foster

Barry Foster

Barry Foster is a former American football player. Barry Foster was a member of the NFL from 1990 until 1995. Forster is a perfect example of an NFL player who still looks back fondly on his brief experience in the league.

Foster played running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers. He has 3,943 running yards and a 4.3 rushing average in his career.

Childhood & Early Years

Barry Foster was born on December 8, 1968, in Hurst, Texas, USA to a single mother and raised by a single father.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much information available about his parents or childhood.

We can tell he was raised to be a good man based on some of his interviews and public appearances.

From a young age, Barry began financially supporting his family.

Despite his financial difficulties, Barry dreamed of being a football player as a child, which he realized when he was picked into the NFL in 1990.

Furthermore, Barry attended Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas, which has produced other outstanding athletes.

Donald Ray Crockett, an NFL cornerback, attended Duncanville High School, just like Barry.

Net Worth

Barry Foster’s net worth is estimated to be in the range of $1 million to $5 million.

Working as a coach and aiding at a school later added to Barry’s net worth.

Facts of Barry Foster

Full Name Barry Foster
Birth Date December 8, 1968
Birth Place Hurst, Texas, USA
Nick Name Not Available
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Ethnicity Black
Education Duncanville High School, University of Arkansas
Horoscope Sagittarius
Father’s Name Not Available
Mother’s Name Not Available
Siblings Not Available
Age 53 years old
Weight 101 kg (223lb)
Height 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m)
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Married Yes
Wife Teray M Foster
Profession Former Professional Football Player
League National Football League (NFL)
Team Pittsburgh Steelers
Position Running back
Children Janea Foster, Barry Foster Jr, Tamara M. Foster, Shayne Foster
Net Worth (2021) $1 million to $5 million
Retirement 1995
Social Media Not Available
Merch Rookie Card, Pittsburgh Steelers Hats
Last Update June 2022


Foster, a football fanatic, attended the University of Arkansas and played fullback for the Razorbacks. Furthermore, from 1987 through 1989, Barry wore #18 during his college career.

He helped the Razorbacks win the Southwest Conference Championships in 1988 and 1989 during his stint with the team.

Barry opted to bypass his final year after three years of college.

When asked subsequently about his decision, Foster explained that Hatfield, the team’s coach at the time, had left, and he was unsure about working with another Clemson coach.

Furthermore, Barry stated that he had to drop out of college due to financial difficulties. Foster, on the other hand, was upbeat about the 1990 NFL draft.

Foster, the outgoing individual, was certain to be picked by the Cleveland Browns, but he was met with even worse disappointment. The Browns did not select him in the draft.

Instead, the Pittsburgh Steelers took Barry with the 19th overall pick in the fifth round of the 1990 NFL draft.

Barry, a fullback at the time, was chosen by Chuck Noll, one of the Steelers’ all-time great head coaches.

Chuck Noll, according to Barry, was one of the harshest and most severe trainers, who made teamwork more difficult every day.

Barry’s debut NFL season (1990) began with a disastrous failure when he failed to secure the kick he intended to against the 49ers.

Not to mention that the Steelers lost the game as a result of the identical error.

Barry Foster
Barry Foster in a match. Source: bluegreyfootball

In the following seasons, though, Barry’s performance improved.

Barry had a 121-yard rushing game and a 56-yard touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in 1991, but he has hurt soon after and missed the next five games.

Following that, in 1992, Foster broke numerous records by scoring 1690 yards. Barry was named to the Pro Bowl and scored 11 touchdowns in the same season.

Barry had another successful year in 1993. In nine games, he racked up 711 yards and was selected to the Pro Bowl. Despite this, Barry did not have a free year in 1993.


Barry had a limiting year in 1994 as well. He appeared in 11 games and scored 851 yards.

In a game against the Indianapolis Colts in September 1994, he rushed for 179 yards and one touchdown on 31 carries.

Barry played his final NFL game in a Steeler uniform against the San Diego Chargers in the fourth season, in the 1994 AFC Championship.

Barry was traded by the Steelers to the Carolina Panthers in 1995. The Steelers’ running back, Foster, revealed in one of his interviews that he was surprised and saddened when he was released.

Following that disappointment, another setback followed when Barry failed his physical and was unable to play for the Panthers. As a result, Barry made the decision to retire.

The Pittsburgh Steelers faced the Los Angeles Chargers in the 1994 AFC Championship game. Regrettably, the Steelers were defeated 17-13.

Bill Cowher, a former NFL player, coach, and analyst, recalls the incident vividly. When Dennis Gipson intercepted Neil O’Donnell’s throw to Barry, the entire stadium fell silent, according to Cowher.

Bill also mentioned that he recalls that game because they were a defensive unit.

When he later met up with his daughter, she explained why they didn’t hand the ball to Foster, who could have gotten them more yards.


After retiring in 1995, Barry returned to the NFL and signed a $1 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. He did, however, opt-out of his Bengals contract after only two days.

Barry was later released by the Cincinnati Bengals, although he returned the $300,000 signing bonus.

Finally, in the same year, Barry announced his retirement, stating that he is financially secure enough to do so.

After Retirement

Barry did not have many options after retirement, despite four years in the NFL. As a result, Barry decided to work as a running back coach at DeLay Middle School with younger students.

Foster is currently employed in Grand Prairie as an Assistant Principal. He also plays golf when he has free time.

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Wife & Kids

Unlike his childhood and upbringing, Barry Foster has been an excellent parent and husband to his wife. Yes, the former NFL player gets married at the age of 52.

Foster is also married to Terry M. Foster. In 1992, the two tied the knot. And, like everything else in his life, the couple’s love affair remains a secret.

Despite this, they had three children together: Barry Jr., Janea Foster, and Tamara M. Foster. Dallas, Texas is where the entire family resides.

Barry also has a son from a previous relationship, Shayne Foster.

And, yeah, there is no information on it as well. Furthermore, little information concerning his other personal affairs is known.

Age, and Body Measurement

Barry Foster is 53 years old as of 2022.

Foster stands 5 feet and 10 inches tall, which isn’t ideal for a football player.

His height, however, did not prevent him from playing as a running back.

Instead of being self-conscious about his status, Foster acknowledges that he always gave his all in all he did.