Anthony Barr reflects on the “one of the worst days of my life”

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On Monday, Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr agreed to terms with the Jets. And then he didn’t.

Barr decided not to sign with the Jets, but instead to remain with the Vikings. He explained the decision on Thursday in a press conference.

“This is where my heart was,” Barr said. “This is where it’s always been. This is where it always will be.”

He said that he thought Monday would be a “fun day,” but that it then ended up being “one of the worst days of my life.”

“It was a crazy day,” Barr said. “I just followed my heart. I did what I wanted to do at the end of the day.”

He called the process “terrible,” explaining that he found himself in the middle of a “lot of drama” as he tried to make a decision about “his life.”

Barr explained that he gave the green light to accept the Jets’ offer to his agent, and that he immediately regretted the decision.

“It’s my life, I’ve got to live it,” Barr said. “Nobody else has to. I should be able to make the choice, whatever I want to do.”

He said he was trying to convince himself of something that, in his heart, didn’t feel right. “I was crying, laughing, sweating,” Barr said.

Coach Mike Zimmer had a major role in persuading Barr to stay, and that a “big reason” for the decision to stay was a result of Zimmer’s presence.

Barr emphasized that he never made any promises directly to the Jets, but to his agent. Still, that’s how the negotiating period works. Teams can talk to the player’s agent, but not to the player. And it’s important for the agent, when communicating the acceptance to the team, to be certain that the player will turn the verbal agreement into a written one.

The lesson for every agent is this: When the player says “yes,” another important question should be immediately asked.

45 responses to “Anthony Barr reflects on the “one of the worst days of my life”

  1. He realized Gregggg was the D coordinator in NY! Compared to Zim… Hahahaha. There is no comparison. As a coach or as a man. Good choice Anthony!

  2. It’s okay to realize your mistakes and go where you feel is best for you. Good thing he realized then, instead of during the season.

  3. One of his best days…calling out Aaron Rodgers as a liar for Rodgers’ explanation on national TV for why Rodgers threw a tantrum after breaking his collarbone and having the video evidence to prove Rodgers’ lie. The next time Rodgers spoke of it he changed his story because of Barr calling him out. 😋

  4. Liberalsruineverything says:
    March 14, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    He got a call from his accountant about how many taxes he would pay in NY. That would make me cry too.
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    Aside from gas tax, MN taxes are pretty much on par with New York and maybe even higher depending on certain factors.

  5. Cry when you never go anywhere with Kirk Cousins and Sam leads us to the playoffs…three years from now. Only the playoffs for us part. Vikes will never win more than one round of the playoffs with Cousins at the helm

  6. One of the reasons he stayed was because of Zimmer. The players love Zimmer. We have heard several players say they love the locker room, that’s a credit to Mike Zimmer.

  7. For starters, the Jets and Giants pay income tax in the state of New Jersey. Their taxes are worse than NY and their car insurance is #1 bad in the US.

    But, it beats playing in Yankee Stadium or Shea (Citi Field, whatever…Flushing) because the traffic is horrendous. At least at the Meadowlands- Met Life, one can reasonably drive around from time to time. But Jersey is screwed up traffic wise with so many short cuts used to skirt the tolls on 95 and the Garden State.

    As a lifelong Yankee/Giants fan I would play where there is no traffic and a great life for my kids and secondly, winning/great organization. Third would be taxes. You could probably find 2 outta 3. Nothing in Florida, Tenn or Texas (or New Hampshire). Not sure of the traffic in Seattle but not interested in living in a rain forest.

    Growing up on Long Island will teach you that traffic will ruin your life. I moved north of the city and loved my life and job from that moment on. I do miss the ocean, though.

  8. My heart bleeds for him. Can you imagine how tragic it must’ve been to decide that you want to make millions of dollars in one place, only to realize your heart wants you to make millions of dollars in another place?!

    So stressful.

  9. Interesting to watch his presser and hear him explain this process. Millions or not, it does seem Barr took less to remain a Viking. Somewhat surprising in today’s NFL, but not in Minnesota. Still, none of it will mean much without a championship, and the team seems several yards away from that right now. Here’s hoping Zimmer and GM Rick find the pieces.

  10. If you have kids in their early 20’s you will feel for this guy. He has been with the Vikes since college and his only professional guidance is his agent, his agent wants him to make the most money he can. Leaving the only team you know would be hard. I am gad he chose what was best for him I his heart. AB is a good kid!

  11. I am happy he changed his mind so quickly and he could resign with the Vikings.He mentioned the front office, Zim & staff also the Vikings players as the reason why. He also mentioned the stadium and more importantly the facilities that are second to none in the NFL. Back to work!!

  12. Josh McDaniels did the same thing and then walked away and was ripped for it. Barr deserves the same. If you don’t want to be there, don’t accept the offer, tell them “thank you for your time”, and move on.

    But accepting an offer and then reneging on it is a trash move. When you make a deal with someone, your word is your bond. If he had found out the Jets were keeping something from him or lying to him, I could understand breaking the deal. But that wasn’t the case here.

    It’s his life, but he wasted the Jets time that they could have been using courting another player, leading them on that he was going to sign, and then pulling out the rug from underneath them after agreeing. That’s disingenuous.

    I used to just know that Anthony Barr was a good linebacker. Now I know that he’s a good linebacker and not a man of his word. That’s exactly what his actions show.

  13. Some fans of other teams commenting here don’t realize a deal isn’t a deal until they sign a contract. He did what was best for him, just like teams do. Not for us to complain about it. Comparing it to a coach accepting a job and then changing his mind is not the same either. And again, people accept jobs and change their minds all the time anyway.

  14. mediasloppy says:
    March 14, 2019 at 9:14 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    March 14, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    He got a call from his accountant about how many taxes he would pay in NY. That would make me cry too.
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    Aside from gas tax, MN taxes are pretty much on par with New York and maybe even higher depending on certain factors.
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    Not if you’re a millionaire.

  15. mediasloppy says:

    Aside from gas tax, MN taxes are pretty much on par with New York and maybe even higher depending on certain factors.
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    Facts not in evidence.

    While income tax rates are similar – property taxes and overall cost of living are not.

    Comparing Minneapolis to NYC – the cost of housing in Minneapolis is 138% of the national average. NYC is 354% of the national average. Transportation costs in Minneapolis are 127% in Minneapolis vs 212% in NYC.

    The median home price in Minneapolis is $266,000 vs $681,000 in NYC.

    To the poster that mentioned that the Jets actually are in NJ – very true. But the overall cost of living in NJ vs NYC isn’t much different.

    Then their is the crime rate in NYC vs Minneapolis.

  16. With parody quite honestly any team can win the superbowl any year. The Vikings of course will find some way to mess up but that doesn’t make parody less real.

    codylaws says:
    March 15, 2019 at 8:28 am
    Barr realizes he has better chance of winning a Superbowl in Minnesota than the Jets.

  17. backintheday99, average annual rainfall in Long Island is 50 inches. Seattle, 37 inches. Rain forest? Not so much. Traffic though? Horrendous. Ranked right behind NY.

  18. To the one person intent on perpetuating his personal opinion……..Rodgers described what happened on the play. Although cameras caught his comments, they didn’t show what preceded them. “I looked over at him as I walked off the field,” he said. “The cameras caught me saying something to him, but what they missed was him [giving the] finger, [and the] ‘suck it’ sign. [There’s] no respect any more in this business. But I’m good now. Thirteen screws later and here I am.” ESPN reported that Barr grabbed his crotch after the hit, but the NFL is not looking into it, which Barr took pains to crush on social media.

  19. frank booth says:
    March 15, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Josh McDaniels did the same thing and then walked away and was ripped for it. Barr deserves the same.
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    Oh, I didn’t realize Barr waited weeks to back out of the Jets deal and hired a bunch of assistant coaches who then no longer had jobs. Yeah, same thing.

  20. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    March 15, 2019 at 1:41 pm
    frank booth says:
    March 15, 2019 at 4:54 am
    Josh McDaniels did the same thing and then walked away and was ripped for it. Barr deserves the same.
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    Oh, I didn’t realize Barr waited weeks to back out of the Jets deal and hired a bunch of assistant coaches who then no longer had jobs. Yeah, same thing.
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    Uh, no. Hours after the Colts announced that McDaniels had agreed to terms, he backed out later that evening. They both reneged on agreements. Don’t try and justify what Barr did just because he is a Viking.

  21. Barr explained he flipped off Rodgers after Rodgers started cursing at him not the other way around as Rodgers would have you believe. (You can search for it and see the video.) Rodgers is clearly on the sidelines well after where other video shows him having his tantrum.

    After Barr calling out Rodgers as a liar , Rodger changed his story and said his cursing tantrum at Barr was because Barr did not come check on him after the hit. Again, all very searchable.

  22. Yep… AR got caught in a lie.
    And Frank… Barr has admitted he made a mistake, but he corrected the mistake. What do you need? For him to apologize to you? Geez, get past it man.

  23. Rodgers changed nothing. His explanation was consistent across the board. Rodgers barking as he was departing was AFTER the on-field exchange. I’d be upset too. Rodgers was upset in Barr demonstrably showing disrespect and glee, not by the late hit.

    It’s all very searchable. In fact, pull up the files you keep on me. I’m sure it’s there somewhere.

  24. ESPN had many, many people corroborating Rodgers’ version of the exchange.

    Search for it.

  25. Poor stella still doesn’t understand search. FYI, people can use it to look things up so they don’t have to keep track of them themselves AND there needs to be results present when you yell ‘Search for it’. Its not like yelling ‘fight pick’ . Its more like yelling fake news, there is an action people can take to take you up on your claim.

  26. frank booth says:
    March 15, 2019 at 2:16 pm
    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    March 15, 2019 at 1:41 pm
    frank booth says:
    March 15, 2019 at 4:54 am
    Josh McDaniels did the same thing and then walked away and was ripped for it. Barr deserves the same.
    _________
    Oh, I didn’t realize Barr waited weeks to back out of the Jets deal and hired a bunch of assistant coaches who then no longer had jobs. Yeah, same thing.
    ====================================================================================
    Uh, no. Hours after the Colts announced that McDaniels had agreed to terms, he backed out later that evening. They both reneged on agreements. Don’t try and justify what Barr did just because he is a Viking.
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    Mcdaniel’s hired coaches and altered people’s lives. Go worry about the bears aren’t they allegedly your team?

  27. stellarperformance says:
    March 15, 2019 at 1:01 pm
    To the one person intent on perpetuating his personal opinion……..Rodgers described what happened on the play. Although cameras caught his comments, they didn’t show what preceded them. “I looked over at him as I walked off the field,” he said. “The cameras caught me saying something to him, but what they missed was him [giving the] finger, [and the] ‘suck it’ sign. [There’s] no respect any more in this business. But I’m good now. Thirteen screws later and here I am.” ESPN reported that Barr grabbed his crotch after the hit, but the NFL is not looking into it, which Barr took pains to crush on social media.
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    Strange in a world where everyone has a camera in hand at all times no one caught this.

  28. Just drop it- across the board any officials asked said it was a clean hit within the NFL rules. Its a contact sport played with people in peak physical condition, people will get hurt. And anyone who played sports knows that talking “crap” is part of the game. If someone swears at someone or calls them a demeaning name are you honestly shocked? If you played sports you heard worse things said in the locker room in grade school sports.

  29. Search “Barr crotch grab after Rodgers hit.” You’ll find plenty of video. It took place BEFORE Rodgers responded.

    Got it? NOW drop it.

  30. stellarperformance says:
    March 16, 2019 at 6:08 pm
    Search “Barr crotch grab after Rodgers hit.” You’ll find plenty of video. It took place BEFORE Rodgers responded.

    Got it? NOW drop it.
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    In the video Rodgers is walking among Packers coaches which puts his position on the field well after his tantrum
    Now you both are liars.

  31. Barr flipped him off and grabbed his crotch AFTER Rodgers whined and cried. In response to AR’s disrespectful shouts. Barr was playing football… no need for Rodgers actions!

  32. The game is exciting when you have a scrambling quarterback but the risk of being injured is high. Didn’t the Bears break his other collarbone back 2013 I believe? I seriously doubt Barr did those actions right after the hit, it was probably after Aaron was venting. Barr didn’t realize it was a serious injury at the time. Now we have a rule with pros and cons. Pros-Less injuries. Cons-poor tackling.

  33. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 16, 2019 at 7:03 pm
    In the video Rodgers is walking among Packers coaches which puts his position on the field well after his tantrum
    zzZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    No he’s not! He’s still on the field. Nobody, including the coaches, knows yet what really happened.

    Oh………one more thing. What do you think of the video you said didn’t exist and I was making up?

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