Barry Cantrell, a two-sport All-American at Fordham, is a 1998 graduate of the College of Business Administration. A standout on both the football field, for head coach Nick Quartaro, and on the track as a high jumper, for head coach Tom Dewey, Cantrell earned All-America honors in both sports as a senior in 1997-98. He was named First Team All-America in football by the Associated Press in 1997 as well as a First Team Burger King All-America and Second Team All-America by the Sports Network. As a senior, he led the NCAA I-AA and set a school record with a 45.8 yards/punt average.
Cantrell holds numerous school punting records including most career punts (267), career punting yards (10,649) and career punting average (39.9) as well as the Patriot League record for best season and career averages.
On the track in 1997-98, Cantrell won the high jump competition at the 1997-98 Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships and earned 1998 Indoor All-America honors by placing eleventh at the NCAA National Championships. He also won the high jump competition at the 1998 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships with a meet record jump of 7' 1.75", a record that stills stands. Cantrell also holds the Fordham indoor and outdoor high jump records.
Cantrell was just as successful in the classroom, earning Academic All-American® in both sports as a senior in 1997-98 as well as being named Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year for football in 1996 and 1997.
The 1998 Vincent T. Lombardi Award winner, Cantrell was named to the Patriot League All-Anniversary Team in 2001.
Following graduation, Cantrell signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles and was assigned to play for the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League, winning the 1999 World Bowl championship. He would later appear in two games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2000.