Robert Barnes

Student-Athlete
Inducted 2014

As an athlete at Cocoa High School, Robert Barnes was a jack of all trades. In football, he was named All-State in 1949 and 1950 after garnering Honorable Mention in 1948. He played on both sides of the ball as a running back and linebacker and was also the placekicker and a returner on special teams.

In basketball, he earned All-County and All-Conference honors as a starting point guard from 1949-1951, and as a baseball catcher he was tabbed All-State in 1950 and 1951; he never allowed a stolen base and recorded a career batting average of .377.

In total, Barnes started in every Cocoa High football, basketball and baseball game every year he attended school.

He was the first player in Brevard County to be drafted by a Major League baseball franchise – the Philadelphia Athletics in the second round – and accepted a full scholarship for football and baseball to the University of Florida.

Barnes is a member of the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame after earing First Team All-Conference and All-American honors twice at two different positions (outfielder and catcher). He was also selected as a member of the All-Time Brevard County Football Team by the Orlando Sentinel in 1985.