Vern Burke

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Vern Burke
Date of birth: April 30, 1941
Place of birth: San Luis Obispo, California
Career information
Position(s): split end, tight end
Height: 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
College: Oregon State
NFL Draft: 1963 / Round: 5
Organizations
As player:
1963-1965
1966
1967
San Francisco 49ers
Atlanta Falcons
New Orleans Saints
Career highlights and awards
Awards: Pop Warner Trophy (1963)
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame - 1982
OSU Hall of Fame - 1991
Career stats
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Vernon "Vern" Eugene Burke (April 30, 1941–) is a former American football tight end who played five seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, and the New Orleans Saints.

High school career[edit]

Burke attended North High School in Bakersfield, California and starred in football.

College career[edit]

Burke attended Bakersfield College before he enrolled at Oregon State to play football. He lettered in football in 1961 and 1962, earning a spot as a first team Consensus All-American at split end in 1962. Burke caught 69 passes for 1,007 yards, both NCAA records at the time. The Beavers finished 9-2 after a 6-0 victory over Villanova in the Liberty Bowl. The Beavers' lone touchdown in that game came on a 99-yard rushing touchdown by Beaver quarterback and 1962 Heisman Trophy winner, Terry Baker.

For his achievements in his senior season, Burke was chosen to play in the 1963 East-West Shrine Game and 1963 Hula Bowl.[1] Burke was also awarded the 1963 W.J. Voit Memorial Trophy as the outstanding football player on the Pacific Coast.

Professional career[edit]

Burke was drafted in the 5th round of the 1963 NFL Draft, the 64th pick overall, by the San Francisco 49ers. Burke did not debut in the NFL however until 1965. He later spent a year each with the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints.[2][3]

Legacy[edit]

Burke was inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Oregon State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oregon State University Sports Hall of Fame". osubeavers.com. Retrieved 2008-01-04. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Vern Burke". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  3. ^ "Beavers in the Pros". Retrieved 2008-01-04. [dead link]

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