Only a few people who are dyslexic actually overcome the ailment, some often times, get frustrated and suicidal while others who have managed out of it are truly regarded as survivors. For Peyton Barber, who was diagnosed with the ailment as a teen, he refused to let the ailment stop his dreams; he has beaten all odds and has even built a successful career regardless.
He plays in the position of a running back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League,(NFL). Though he went undrafted during his time, yet he has made stellar records as an undrafted free agent. Recently, he summed up courage and went back to school opting out of his football career. This article contains every detail there is to know about him.
Peyton Barber’s Bio
Peyton Barber was born on June 27, 1994. Growing up was quite tough for him as he was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) at a young age. So many of his teachers in school discouraged him and never supported his dreams, however, his parents stood by him and today, he has not only built a successful football career but has also bagged a degree from one of the prestigious institutions in the world. At his very dark moments, he poured his pain into the game of football and also became one of the relevant football players in Milton High School. He was rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com after he totaled 22 touchdowns and 1,700 rushing yards by the end of his senior season with the team.
He enrolled at Auburn University where he continued his football career. As a freshman, he was redshirted throughout the season. The following season, he featured in 6 games and totaled 10 carries for 54 yards. He started his second-year on a more impressive note and also played as a starter. In one of his games that year, he rushed for 15 yards on 24 carries. Peyton Barber decided to forgo the remaining years of his collegiate career to go pro.
Despite his impressive counts while at high school and college, the footballer went undrafted in the 2016 National Football Draft (NFL). He didn’t give up and finally decided to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent. Initially, he was asked to join the practice squad of the team but barely four days after, he was placed on the Buccaneers’ active roster what with his athletic prowess in the practice.
His first game with the team was in the 2016 season opener, it was quite a poor performance as he didn’t make any counts in the game. Afterward, he featured in a game against the Carolina Panthers and recorded his first three career stats. While most sports headlines were still acknowledging his performances in that game, he topped the headlines again, in his game against the San Francisco 49ers after recording one of the most impressive performances ever since he went pro; 12 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown. He completed his rookie season with 223 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown with five receptions for 28 yards.
The following season was disheartening for the footballer as his team slacked in most of their games. He wasn’t featured in most of their games in the early season but in the later seasons, he made 5 carries in addition to 2 rushing touchdowns in a game against the Atlanta Falcons. He also recorded 23 carries for 102 yards with 4 receptions for 41 yards in a loss to the Green Bay Packers. In the final game of the season, he made 71 rushing yards in a victory against the New Saints Orleans. Despite having not featured in most games in that season, he totaled 423 rushing yards, rushed 3 touchdowns, and 16 receptions for 114 yards by the season.
Peyton Barber seemed not to be satisfied at the pace his football career was growing, so in a bid to have a plan B, he decided to go back to school. Currently, he is focusing on his education and hopes to graduate with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.
Family – Parents and Siblings
Peyton’s parents are Ken and Lori Barber. He has just one sibling from his parent’s marriage but three others from his father’s second marriage. His parent’s marriage never lasted as the two got divorced in 1998. Ken is also dyslexic, his son probably got the disorder from him.
Height and Weight
Despite being of an average height, Peyton Barbers height has not been a challenge to his success on the field. He stands at 5 feet 11 inches and weighs 102kg.