Barron Miles (born January 1, 1972) is a former professional Canadian football player who played for 12 years in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He is currently the defensive backs coach for the Edmonton Eskimos. Miles finished his career tied for second all-time in career interceptions with 66 and as the all-time leader in blocked kicks with 13.
|Born:||January 1, 1972|
Roselle, New Jersey
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||182 lb (83 kg)|
|High school||Roselle (NJ) Abraham Clark|
|NFL draft||1995 / Round: 6 / Pick: 199|
|Drafted by||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|2010–2011||BC Lions (Defensive Assistant)|
|2012–2014||Saskatchewan Roughriders (DB coach)|
|2015||Winnipeg Blue Bombers (DB coach)|
|2016–present||Edmonton Eskimos (DB/Player Development coach)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL All-Star||1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009|
|CFL East All-Star||1999, 2000, 2002, 2003|
|CFL West All-Star||2005–2009|
|Awards||1998 Frank M. Gibson Trophy|
2002 James P. McCaffrey Trophy
2004 Tom Pate Memorial Award
College football career
One of the top cornerbacks and special teams players in school history at the University of Nebraska, Barron Miles helped Nebraska win the 1994 NCAA college football national championship, and deliver Tom Osborne's first national title. He earned All-Big Eight honors in 1993 and 1994 and ranks among NU's all-time top 10 in pass breakups. He also blocked a school-record seven punts during his career.
Professional football career
Miles was drafted by the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers in 1995, but failed to make the team after suffering a serious knee injury in a preseason game versus the Buffalo Bills during his rookie season. He was assigned to the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europa in 1997.
Miles joined the Montreal Alouettes in 1998, and made an immediate impact, winning the CFL East Division Rookie of the Year Award. Miles played 7 seasons with Montreal, and was named a CFL All-Star 3 times (1999, 2000, 2002) during his tenure as a Lark.
In 2005, Miles signed with the BC Lions as a free agent, and started 17 of 18 games for the Lions at safety missing only one game due to injury. Miles was named to the 2005 CFL West Division All-Star team as a defensive back and led the Lions with 6 interceptions (4th in the CFL).
In 2006, Miles led the CFL in interceptions with 10, for 206 return yards, and 2 touchdowns. During a 2006 CFL All-Star season, Miles recorded 39 defensive tackles, four pass knockdowns, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. Miles also notched one defensive tackle, a blocked kick, and a quarterback sack in the Lions' CFL West Division Championship game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, as well as three defensive tackles in the Lions' 25-14 Grey Cup Championship victory over Miles' old team, the Montreal Alouettes.
On August 7, 2009, Miles became the CFL's career leader for blocked kicks (13) with a blocked extra point against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Miles is a 5-time CFL All-Star at the defensive back position and finished his career with 66 interceptions.
Miles was also a defensive back coach for the Senior Varsity Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers during the 2009 season.