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Emery Barnes
Position: Hall of Fame Inductee
Other Position: 2008 Inductee, Football / Track & Field (1950-1954)

A multiple-sport standout at Portland’s Jefferson High School, Emery Barnes’ impact would reach far beyond the athletic arena. Yet he wasn’t shy about utilizing his physical gifts to overcome his childhood economic and racial barriers en route to emerging as an acclaimed role model. The 1952 all-Pacific Coast Conference defensive end and 53 football team captain also stood out on the track as a two-time conference high jump champion. The 1952 high jump All-American tied for the NCAA title (6-8), with his personal-best of 6-9 and a second-place finish in the ’52 AAU national championships falling just shy of the world record (6-11). The 1952 U.S. Olympic Team alternate and draft choice of the Green Bay Packers enjoyed an eight-year professional career in the Canadian Football League while embarking on a career as a social worker and an advocate of human rights and equal opportunity in Canada. The 1954 Oregon history graduate served almost 25 years in the British Columbia Legislative Assembly and was elected the first minority parliamentary speaker of the assembly in 1994. Beginning a career in social work in 1959, he was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986 before he was presented the University of Oregon’s Pioneer Award in 1998.



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