Malcolm Barnwell
No. 80
Born: (1958-06-28) June 28, 1958 (age 64)
Charleston, South Carolina
Career information
Position(s)Wide receiver
CollegeVirginia Union
High schoolBurke (Charleston, South Carolina)
NFL draft1980 / Round: 7 / Pick: 173
Career history
As player
1981–1984Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
1985Washington Redskins
1985New Orleans Saints
Career stats

Malcolm Barnwell (born June 28, 1958, in Charleston, South Carolina) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for five seasons for the Washington Redskins, the New Orleans Saints and the Oakland / Los Angeles Raiders. Barnwell was traded by the Raiders to the Redskins on August 26, 1985, in exchange for the Redskins' second-round pick in the 1986 NFL Draft.[1] His best season was 1984, when he totaled 45 receptions for 851 yards, an 18.9 avg. and two touchdowns, all career highs.

In 2019, Barnwell was interviewed for the Raiders official team website, where he talked about being scouted while playing for Virginia Union, a historically black college and being scouted by Raiders legend Willie Brown.[2]

Legal troubles

In June 1986, Barnwell, who had been traded by the Raiders to Washington Redskins after the 1984 season, was arrested and charged with cocaine possession. Barnwell had been a free agent at this point after being released by the New Orleans Saints in December 1985. A warrant on an unrelated matter had already been issued for Barnwell when he was found in a hotel room with $400 worth of cocaine.[3]


  1. ^ "Redskins trade Brown for Thielemann". The Washington Post. August 27, 1985. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  2. ^ "In His Own Words: Malcolm Barnwell shares his NFL journey as a seventh-round pick".
  3. ^ "Former Raider Barnwell Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Possession". Los Angeles Times. July 30, 1986. Retrieved 2020-04-05.