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September 21, 1990 - Image 62

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-09-21

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1988 season. Novoselsky
played at Penn.
Cut-down date also ended
the playing hopes of at least
four other Jewish football
players. Former defensive star
Lyle Alzado failed to come
back with the Los Angeles
Raiders. The LA Rams cut
ninth-round draft pick Bill
Goldberg, a defensive
lineman from Georgia, and
the Dolphins axed Jeff Roth,
a defensive lineman from
Florida who spent time with
the Dallas Texans last season.
Stuart Milberg, the 6-foot-6
340-lb. "Jewish fridge" from
Connecticut, was cut earlier
by the Bengals.
Offensive linemen often are
virtually ignored by TV
cameras and print reporters
— unless they miss a defen-
sive player who sacks the
quarterback. But Barton was
singled out in Superbowl TV
replays — the 49ers drubbed
Denver, 55-10 — as he pulled
out to his left to lead halfback
Roger Craig on counter plays.
"lb run plays like that
throws the defense off," he
said. "You need a tackle with
some speed," he added,
modestly admitting that
many NFL teams that con-
tacted him prior to the 1987
college draft told him he'd be
used at guard, the line posi-
tion that usually requires the
most speed.
And he says he gets "ink"
in newspaper sports sections
"because I know a lot of
sports writers through my
late uncle, Barney Kremenko,
who covered baseball for the
old New York Journal-
American. They need the
quotes to earn their living."
Barton, who grew up in
Atlanta, wasn't aware that
the 49ers gave up a record 45
quarterback sacks in 1988
and reduced that number to
an acceptable 25 last season.
"I think it was more impor-
tant that we gave up no sacks
in the play-offs," he asserted.
"We know we have the game's
best quarterback in Joe Mon-
tana. If we protect him, he'll
get the job done."
"Our offensive line is
maturing together. We chang-
ed some blocking schemes to
take advantage of our better
players, and it worked."
Barton added that San
Francisco "is not a rabid
sports town that lives and
dies with the 49ers. It's tough
to get a lot of recognition
here, except for the star
players. But when Joe gets it,
it makes me feel good."
Barton has become an acute
student of the game who
takes home films of opposing
teams to study again and
again. His teammates call
him "a wizard" because he

memorizes defensive tenden-
cies with remarkable
"It's hard for a team to
change its general philosophy
before a specific game
because it only confuses the
players," he pointed out. "So
they generally only change a
little 'wrinkle' here and there
from week to week. So if you
watch enough film, you see a
lot of their tendencies."
Barton has made several
speaking appearances for San
Francisco's Jewish Federation
for area college Hillel
chapters. "I try to do my best
to be accommodating;' he
He is quick to note that
community service is a fami-
ly tradition: his grandmother,
Miriam Belger, taught Sun-
day school classes for 40 years
in Atlanta's Ahavas Achim

"Harris is a very
determined boy
who worked hard
for his success."

Miriam Belger

Synagogue and now teaches
in its after-school program
His grandparents, parents,
sister Jennifer (a student at
the University of South
Florida) and brother Todd,
who played basketball at
Washington and Lee Univer-
sity, all were his guests at the
Super Bowl.
"We shepped nachus (got
pleasure) at the Super Bowl,"
said Mrs. Belger, who added:
"Harris is a very determined
boy who worked hard."
"And I can remember my
daughter getting up in the
middle of the night to drive to
North Carolina for his home
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound
Barton said his goals for 1989
were "to be part of a winning
team and then, if lucky, to
make the Pro Bowl (All-Star)
Barton who is single, said
he will wear his second Super
Bowl ring on his "wedding
hand" (he has his first on his
right hand).
Mary Levy remains the on-
ly Jewish head coach. But
"the other Levy," Dave, is in
his second season on the
Detroit Lions coaching staff.
Levy, who coached running
backs last season, is offensive
and defensive coordinator
this year. Levy spent nine
previous seasons with the
San Diego Chargers. And
Rich Kotite is the offensive
coordinator with the
Philadelphia Eagles, after
holding a similar position
with the New York Giants. ❑

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