Background and college
Born December 22, 1977 in Waterloo, Iowa, Barrett's mother passed away when he was 1 year old and he was raised by older sisters Kim and Denna along with their grandparents in Osceola. Barrett led Osceola High School to Class AAA state title as a senior, and also lettered in track and baseball and was high point scorer at prep district track meet. Barrett went to Arkansas, where he was a two-time All-SEC pick at Arkansas as a junior and senior. During his time with the Razorbacks, where he finished with 176 tackles, 7 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, and 5 sacks.
Before the Jets
As a Jet
The Jets signed Barrett as a UFA in March 2004. He has had 8 interceptions since then. Barrett suffered an eye injury which kept him out of a number of games in 2005. In 2006, despite playing with a hernia, he had an interception in a critical win at Minnesota, forced a game-changing fumble in the playoff-clinching win against Oakland and broke up two passes in the wild-card loss to the Patriots. On February 10, 2009, Barrett was released by the Jets.
Barrett appeared in ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2006, with teammate Adrian Jones, to help build a new home for the Llanes family.