Morgan Burnett

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Morgan Burnett
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No. 42 Green Bay Packers
Position: Strong Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-01-13) January 13, 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth: Memphis, Tennessee
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: College Park (GA) North Clayton
College: Georgia Tech
NFL draft: 2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 71
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles: 469
Sacks: 4.5
Interceptions: 7
Stats at NFL.com

Morgan Mark Burnett (born January 13, 1989) is an American football strong safety for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Georgia Institute of Technology. He was selected by the Packers in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft with the 71st overall pick.

High school career[edit]

A native of College Park, Georgia, Burnett attended North Clayton High School, where he played for the North Clayton Eagles high school football team. He was named Class AAAA first-team all-state as a senior after earning honorable mention all-state recognition at quarterback as a sophomore. He made 135 tackles as a senior and six interceptions including three that he returned for touchdowns.

Burnett was also a four-year letterman in track & field, where he was one of the states top performers in the triple jump. He got a personal-best leap of 47 ft, 12 in (14.61 meters) in the triple jump.[1] He also competed in the long jump, 400-meters and relays.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Burnett ranked seventh among safety prospects nation-wide.[2] He was offered athletic scholarship by a number of high-major schools, including Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia, before choosing to attend Georgia Tech on January 10, 2007.

College career[edit]

As a freshman, Burnett played in all 13 games and started against UNC. He subbed at safety and came in on the nickel package all season. Burnett led the team in interceptions (3) and ranked fifth on the team in tackles (57, 37 solo). He subsequently earned ACC All-Freshman team by Sporting News.

As a sophomore in 2008, Burnett started all 13 games for the Yellow Jackets. He recorded 93 tackles, of which 62 were solo. Burnett also had seven interceptions and returned them for 95 yards. In the season opener vs. Jacksonville State, he picked off two Ryan Perrilloux passes, returning one of them 47 yards. Later in the season, he picked off a Matthew Stafford pass and returned it 35 yards for his first career touchdown at Georgia. Burnett was named to a number of All-ACC and All-American teams, including Pro Football Weekly′s 2008 All-America first team.[3]

On January 11, 2010, Burnett announced he would enter his name in the 2010 NFL Draft and forgo his senior season.[4]

Professional career[edit]

On April 23, 2010, he was drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. Burnett recorded his first career interception in week 2 of the 2010 NFL season against the Buffalo Bills.

However, on October 4, Burnett tore his ACL and missed the remainder of his rookie season.[5] He was placed on injured reserve three days later .[6]

In the 2012 season, he was one of two defensive players in the NFL to play every snap in every game in the season, along with James Laurinaitis of the St. Louis Rams.

Career statistics[edit]

Source:[7]

Season Team Games Tackles
GP GS Total Solo Ast Sck Int
2010 Green Bay Packers 4 4 14 12 2 0 1
2011 Green Bay Packers 16 16 107 78 29 1.0 3
2012 Green Bay Packers 16 16 123 88 35 2.0 2
2013 Green Bay Packers 13 13 96 60 36 0 0
2014 Green Bay Packers 15 15 129 94 35 1.5 1
Total 64 64 469 332 137 4.5 7

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