Kevin Burnett

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Kevin Burnett
No. --     Free agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-12-24) December 24, 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth: Inglewood, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Compton (CA) Dominguez
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42
Debuted in 2005 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-SEC (2004)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 628
Sacks 20.0
INTs 5
Forced fumbles 10
Total Touchdowns 3
Stats at

Kevin Bradley Burnett (born December 24, 1982) is an American football linebacker who currently is a free agent. He played college football at Tennessee. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft

Burnett has also played for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders.

Early years[edit]

Burnett attended both Carson High School (Carson, California) and Dominguez High School (Compton, California), actually graduating from Carson. He was a member of the 1999 Prep Star All-American team, a second-team All-State choice, and a member of the "Best of the West" by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. He played safety and running back while helping lead his team to two consecutive playoff appearances.

He went on to play for the University of Tennessee where he was switched from safety to linebacker. In 2002, he was lost for the year after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the season opener. In 2003, as a junior he was named second team All-SEC and along with Michael Muñoz, became the first Vols juniors since 1944 to serve as team captains. In 2004, he received first team All-SEC and All-American honors. Burnett was also a semi-finalist for the Dick Butkus and Chuck Bednarick Awards.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Burnett was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played sparingly as a rookie, after having problems with injuries in both of his knees.

During his time with the Cowboys he proved to be a quality backup (he only started 4 games), that was valuable as a coverage linebacker and special teams player. Burnett played mostly in the nickel and dime defense.

San Diego Chargers[edit]

In 2009 he signed as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers looking to become a starter.[1] He started 7 games that year and every game in 2010, registering 80 tackles, 6 sacks and 2 interceptions.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

In 2011 he signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins.[2] Burnett started every game during his two years with the Dolphins, recording at least 100 tackles every year, with a career high 110 tackles in 2012.

After the team signed free agents Philip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe, he was released on March 12, 2013.[3]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Burnett signed with the Oakland Raiders on March 17, 2013.[4] He started all 16 games at weakside linebacker, finishing with 129 tackles, 2½ sacks and one interception. After not being able to recover from an injured ankle he suffered in the second organized team activities session, he was waived on July 24, 2014.[5]


Burnett is the cousin of NBA forward Amir Johnson, who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors. His brother Kaelin Burnett played Linebacker for the Oakland Raiders of the NFL.

He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, initiated Spring 2004 via Iota Beta chapter.


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