Memphis Football to retire Danton Barto jersey

MEMPHIS, TN – One of the best players in University of Memphis football history, At Danton Barto’s shirt (#59) will be retired in a ceremony at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium in a determined future game with the family.

A 2007 M-Club. Hall of Fame inductee, Barto remains the school record holder for career solo tackles (273) and career total tackles (473) and ranks second in all time with 200 career tackles assisted. Barto died in August 2021 at the age of 50.

Barto will join a prestigious group of ex-Tigers to have their shirts retired: John Bramlett (no. 64), isaac bruce (83), David Casinelli (30), Charles Greenhill (8), Harry Schuh (79) and By Angelo Williams (20).

A first-team All-South Independent winner in 1991, 1992 and 1993, Barto was named All-South Independent Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 after leading Memphis with four interceptions. In 1993, Barto recorded 63 assisted tackles, which still ranks as the fourth-best single-season mark in school history. His 144 total tackles that same season were good enough to stay fifth in Tiger history.


Barto was named a Football News All-American from 1991 to 1993, earning first-team honors in 1991 and fourth-team honors in 1992 and 1993.

Barto earned All-Independent Football Alliance (IFA) first-team conference honors in 1992 and 1993 and was All-IFA Defensive Player of the Year in 1993. southern life An All-South team winner (1992, 1993), Barto received Highland Hundred MVP and John Bramlett Defensive Player of the Year awards in 1991 and 1993.

After his career at Tiger, Barto spent five years playing professional football in the CFL and AFL. The Niceville, Florida native coached in the AFL2 for the Memphis Xplorers, a team he guided to their first-ever league championship, winning Coach of the Year honors.

He took over as head coach of the AFL’s Las Vegas Gladiators for their 2007 season and was an NFL scout for the St. Louis Rams.


To be initially considered to have a jersey retired, the student-athlete must have demonstrated quality character and leadership during their varsity and post-college career, as well as exceptional athletic ability that has garnered positive praise for the student-athlete. ‘University of Memphis. In addition, the student-athlete must have received at least one of the following: All-America recognition, multi-year All-Conference first-team recognition, and/or national individual awards as a varsity or professional athlete . The student-athlete must have been elected to the M Club Hall of Fame before being considered for jersey retirement.


Nominations for jersey retirement may be submitted by the University community, coaches, M Club members and/or members of the media. From there, the M Club Board of Directors discusses the merits of the nominee and votes to advance the nomination to a committee consisting of the Senior Athletic Department Administrator, Director of Sports Information, Sports Representative the faculty of the university, the president of the board of directors of the club M, two members of the club M. representatives and the director of the club M.


This group of seven evaluates the recommendation of the M club board and decides whether or not to forward the nomination to the athletic director for his final approval.



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