Playing alongside big brother Brad as a member of the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars, Bart Oates was one of only two players in the USFL's history (Brad being the other) to have his full name on his uniform.

But Bart Oates wasn't a player concerned with trivia.  Playing his college ball at Brigham Young University, Oates played well enough to earn induction into BYU's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.  Chosen by the Philadelphia Stars in the 2nd round of the 1983 USFL Draft, Bart joined the team just a month after they had signed Brad to a contract.  At center and tackle, the Brothers Oates helped protect quarterback Chuck Fusina and create gaps for running back Kelvin Bryant that lead to 15 victories in the inaugural USFL season and a trip to the league's championship game - the first of three trips the Stars would make to the title tilt, winning two.

While Brad hung up his spikes when the USFL called it quits, Bart signed with the New York Giants where he played 9 years before finishing his NFL days with two years in San Francisco.  Over that 11 year span Oates won three more championships and missed only four games - remarkable for a position where injuries are often the rule rather than the exception.

Today, Oates is part of another team, joining former baseball catcher and broadcaster Rick Cerone and former New Jersey Devil defenseman Ken Daneyko to form the Stellar Realty Group, a full service commercial and residential real estate agency in Newark, New Jersey.

BART OATES

Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars

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