By Leslie T Travis

Smokin Joe and the gang broadcast from The NFL Hall of Fame Golf Tourney at Quail Valley.
HOFer Lem Barney stopped by to visit.

After retiring as a player, Barney received numerous honors, including the following:
In 1980, he was inducted into the Detroit Lions Hall of Fame.[18]
In 1983, he was inducted into the Jackson State Sports Hall of Fame.[19]
In 1985, he was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.[20][21]
In 1986, he was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.[22]
In 1992, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[5] Jim David, Barney’s position coach with the Lions, gave the induction speech for Barney.
In 1997, the Detroit Free Press selected Barney as the best cornerback in NFL history.[23]
In 1999, he was ranked 97th on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.[24]
In 2004, the Lions retired jersey #20 in tribute to three Lions greats who wore the number: Barney, Billy Sims and Barry Sanders.[25]


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