By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

Krys Barnes pro football start with Green Bay wasn’t a good one. Before the season began he was released, then later returned to the team.  

The former Liberty high standout stuck with it. He kept practicing hard and acting like a professional. He eventually worked his way on special teams then saw game action. He became a back-up linebacker.  

The former UCLA Bruin is also teammate of another Bakersfield native quarterback Jordan Love who backs up Aaron Rodgers. 

His play has become more and more noticeable against the Rams in last weeks playoff game he had four tackles on the first drive. He had to leave the game because of a thumb injury. 

By seasons end the undrafted free agent was a starter for the final three games was second on the team in tackles with 80 behind safety Adrian Amos. 

“When you get into training camp and put on the pads for the first time you get to see people’s instincts,” said Amos. “Once he got on the field for a couple of games he showed he could play. He’s got a great feel for defense.” 

Now Barnes is one game from the Super Bowl. He has shown in his rookie year he’s grown with the game.