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Bart Oates

There has been no "off-season" for football center Bart Oates in any sense of the world.

For one, in each football season Bart has played he has not had a bad performance. And when football seasons have been complete, he has either taken classes in law school or worked as an attorney for the firm of Ribis, Graham & Curtin in Morristown, New Jersey.

The 6-3, 265-pound middle brother from Albany, Georgia, followed his All-America sibling, Brad, to BYU and was in turn followed by their younger brother, Barry.

Bart had a long and distinguished career with the New York Giants, helping them to Super Bowl titles in 1987 and 1991. He was named to the All-Pro Team in 1990 and 1991 and played in the Pro Bowl in 1990. He also started over 125 consecutive games for the Giants, which marks him as an iron man in club history.

After signing with the Giants in 1985 as a free agent, he was a unanimous choice for the National Football League's All-Rookie Team.

Bart came to BYU in 1977, served an LDS mission to Las Vegas, Nevada, and returned to star for the Cougars. When Clay Brown was scrambling to make his miracle catch in the 1980 Holiday Bowl, it was Bart who was protecting Jim McMahon.

Bart missed five games as a junior because of a broken ankle, but he returned in good form to lead BYU to another Holiday Bowl victory in 1981 over Washington State.

As a BYU senior, he was second-team All-America behind two-time Outland Trophy winner Dave Rimington of Nebraska. It comes as no surprise that he was voted to the WAC All-Decade Team in the 1980s.

Bart played in the Blue-Gray Bowl, the East-West Shrine Game, and the Senior Bowl. Then he joined his brother Brad in the fledgling United States Football League. He played for the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars and won USFL championships in 1983 and 1984.

Two-time Academic All-WAC; Bart won the Cougar Club's Memorial Scholarship Award as a junior. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from BYU in 1983 and began law school here as an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholar. He received his law degree from Seton Hall University in 1990.