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High school career
Burns began his collegiate career at Rochester (Minnesota) Community College where he was selected as a junior college All-American. He earned a scholarship to the University of Minnesota where he was an All-Big Ten Conference selection in his junior and senior years. Burns finished his collegiate career with 75 receptions for 1,006 yards and seven touchdowns. He also returned 13 kickoffs for 253 yards. As a senior in 2002, Burns led the Golden Gophers with 44 catches for 526 yards and four scores.
Antoine Burns signed with the Cleveland Browns following the 2003 NFL draft. After being waived, he was signed to the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad. Seattle allocated Burns to the Amsterdam Admirals of the NFL Europe, but he injured his ankle in the first game of the season. In 2004, he moved to the practice squad of the Carolina Panthers, where he remained for the 2005 season.
In 2006 Burns, an AFL rookie, set a single-season team record for kickoff return yardage. In 10 games he returned 51 kickoffs for 984 yards and two touchdowns. His record broke the team's single-season record of 956 set by Kevin Ingram in 2004. Burns also finished the 2006 season with 19 receptions for 239 yards. In addition, he ran the ball three times for 22 yards and averaged a team-high 124.5 all-purpose yards per game.
Burns currently serves as the Assistant Head Coach and Receivers Coach with the Club Status program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Panthers football
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