Adrian Burk

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Adrian Burk
No. 10
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1927-12-14)December 14, 1927
Place of birth: Mexia, Texas
Date of death: July 28, 2003(2003-07-28) (aged 75)
Place of death: Rusk, Texas
Career information
College: Baylor
NFL Draft: 1950 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Debuted in 1950 for the Baltimore Colts
Last played in 1956 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT 61-89
Yards 7,001
QB Rating 52.2
Stats at NFL.com

Adrian Matthew Burk (December 14, 1927 – July 7, 2003) was an American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts and Philadelphia Eagles.

Playing career[edit]

He played college football at Baylor University and was drafted in the first round of the 1950 NFL Draft. Burk is one of only seven pro quarterbacks (Sid Luckman, George Blanda, Joe Kapp, Y. A. Tittle, Nick Foles, and Peyton Manning) who share the record of seven touchdown passes in one regular season game. He threw seven touchdown passes on October 17, 1954 when the Eagles won 49-21 over the Washington Redskins. Three of his touchdowns passes were to Eagles wide receiver Pete Pihos.

Adrian Burk graduated from Baylor University law school and became General Counsel to the Houston Oilers.

Officiating career[edit]

Burk later worked as an NFL official as a back judge (now field judge), wearing uniform number 63. He worked the game that saw Joe Kapp of the Minnesota Vikings tie his record for seven touchdown passes in one game in 1969 vs. the Baltimore Colts. Burk was also the back judge in the famous 1972 playoff game between the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers. That game, played in Pittsburgh, featured the play that came to be called the "Immaculate Reception". From his position as back judge, Burk was the first of the officials to signal a touchdown.

During a 1973 game between the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos, Bears coach Abe Gibron can be heard chewing out Burk throughout the contest. Gibron was miked for the game by NFL Films, and the footage was released by NFL Films Executive Director Steve Sabol in 2001.