Barton was a key part of the 49ers’ offensive line in the later ’80s and early ’90s, playing right tackle from 1987 through 1996. He said: “I was fortunate to have played in a great, great city, on a great team, for a great coach and for a great owner. It couldn’t have been better. So, maybe I played two years too long,”
Along with having his HRJ Capital hedge fund collapse, Harris Barton’s 2008 involved other problems tied up with our general economic problems. Back in 2007, he said of the venture capital business: “It’ll definitely keep you awake at night. Sometimes it’s worse than looking at William Perry across the line.”
On June 27, the Wall Street Journal reported that he got a specially approved loan worth $5.1 million for a Palo Alto house from Countrywide Financial, the infamous home lender. One source called it a Friend-of-Angelo [Mozillo] loan after Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozillo’s lax lending standards and Mozillo’s power to personally approve certain loans. Barton got that loan early in 2007. In May 208, he was named to the board of JPM Group, an investment banking and alternative asset management firm.