Keith Burns (American football player)

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Keith Burns
Special Teams Coordinator
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1972-05-16) May 16, 1972 (age 41)
Place of birth: Greeleyville, South Carolina
Career information
High school: Alexandria (VA) Williams
College: Oklahoma State
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 7 / Pick: 210
Debuted in 1994
Last played in 2006
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Sacks 1.5
Forced Fumbles 4
Interceptions 1
Stats at NFL.com

Keith Bernard Burns (born May 16, 1972) is an American football coach and former professional linebacker and special teams player. He was formerly the Special Teams coordinator for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League.[1]

Early life and high school[edit]

Burns was born in Greeleyville, South Carolina. He was raised by his mother, Tracy, in Alexandria, Virginia as the youngest of four children.[2] He was a 1990 graduate of T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, where he won three varsity letters in football, two in basketball, and one in baseball.[3]

College[edit]

Burns lettered in football at Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas where he garnered first team JuCo All-America honors, and finished his sophomore season with six sacks, three interceptions, and 192 tackles.[citation needed]

Burns then transferred to Oklahoma State for the 1992-1993 season and immediately made an impact with 126 tackles (102 solo), 5 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles.[4] He was voted captain of the team after just four games and was named the Big Eight Conference's Defensive Newcomer of the Year.[5] Entering his final year at Oklahoma State, he made several pre-season All-America teams and was ranked the No. 1 inside linebacker by The Sporting News.[6] He was named to the conference's All-Big Eight team both of his years there.[7]

Playing career[edit]

The Denver Broncos drafted Burns in the 7th round (#210 overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. A Bronco for most of his thirteen-year career, Burns saw playing time as a reserve linebacker and a prominent special teams player. He spent the 1999 season with Chicago Bears, and the 2004 season with Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He won two Super Bowls with the Broncos. For his entire NFL career, Burns played 197 games (3 starts) and totaled 231 special-teams tackles. He also posted 77 career defensive stops (50 solo), 1.5 sacks (9 yds.), one interception (15 yds.), three pass breakups and one forced fumble.[8]

Coaching career[edit]

On March 27, 2007, the Broncos announced Burns would retire as Special Teams Captain and assume the role of instructing the special teams. He was given the title of Assistant Special Teams Coach in 2011.

Burns was hired by the Washington Redskins to be their Special Teams Coordinator on February 11, 2013.[3] In moving to Washington, he rejoined Mike Shanahan who was his coach in Denver and who also gave Burns his first coaching job. In his first coaching position Keith Burns' Special Teams unit struggled during 2013 season. According to Football Outsiders, under Burns' leadership, the Washington Redskins' Special Teams unit finished the 2013 regular season ranked last in points compared to league average. [9] After less than a year in the position, Keith Burns was dismissed by the Washington Redskins on December 30, 2013 along with Mike Shanahan. [10]

Personal life[edit]

Burns met his wife, Michelle, at college. They have three children together. In his off time, Burns has performed stand-up comedy routines around the country.[2]

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