Hired to the Seahawks staff on February 9, 2015, Barrow enters the NFL coaching ranks after spending seven years at the University of Miami (2007-13) following a 13-year NFL career as a linebacker. He was promoted to his current position on March 16, 2017.
Barrow’s unit is led by three-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro MLB Bobby Wagner (two first-team, one second-team selection) and K.J. Wright, who was named to his first Pro Bowl after the 2016 season when he posted career-highs in tackles (126) and sacks (4.0).
Wagner became the first player in franchise history to record five-straight 100-tackle seasons with a franchise-record and NFL-leading 167 in 2016.
Barrow served seven seasons as linebackers coach of the Miami Hurricanes, where he played from 1989-92, and had six linebackers drafted during his time.
Following his playing career in 2005, Barrow was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Homestead High School, his alma mater.
Barrow was a second-round choice (47th overall) by the Houston Oilers in the 1993 NFL Draft and played 13 seasons with Houston (1993-96), Carolina (1997-99), the N.Y. Giants (2000-03), Washington (2004) and Dallas (2005). He recorded 1,125 tackles (792 solo), 43.0 sacks and two interceptions in 173 games with 153 starts. He advanced to Super Bowl XXXV with the N.Y. Giants after the 2000 season.
At Miami in 1992, he earned All-America honors, was the Butkus Award runner-up and finished seventh in Heisman Trophy voting. He was also the Big East Defensive Player of the Year and finished his career as the third-leading tackler in school history.
He was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 after being a part of two national title teams.
Born on April 19, 1970, Barrow is an ordained Christian minister and he and his wife, Shelley, have one daughter, Mikenzi, and sons, Kaleb, John Michael and Michael II.