|No. 16 BC Lions|
|Born:||April 3, 1990|
Moorestown, New Jersey
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Moorestown (NJ)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL West All-Star||2016–2018|
Bryan Burnham (born April 3, 1990) is a Canadian football wide receiver for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Burnham played college football at the University of Tulsa. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the BC Lions in 2014. He is from Moorestown, New Jersey.
Burnham played college football for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, the only NCAA Division I school that recruited him. After he developed a serious infection when he cut his arm in practice, he sat out his freshman year with redshirt status in 2008. He played as a defensive back in 2009 and 2010 before switching to the wide receiver position for his junior year. In his first year at that position, Burnham caught 54 receptions for 850 yards and a team-best nine touchdowns. Burnham was injured in the third quarter of the first game of the 2012 season against Iowa State. He suffered a torn ACL injury which ended his final year of NCAA eligibility. Tulsa sought a waiver from the NCAA to allow Burnham to compete in his sixth-year given the early timing of his injury, but this request and its appeal were declined.
Burnham was signed as a free agent by BC Lions in May 2014 for the upcoming season. Initially playing on the practice squad, he made his pro debut in Week 13 against the Toronto Argonauts, in which he caught five passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. His season was cut short one week later when he suffered a lacerated spleen. In his second season in the CFL Burnham played in 11 games catching 35 passes 423 yards with 2 touchdowns. Burnham had a breakout season in 2016, playing in all 18 games for the first time in his career he set personal bests in catches, yards and touchdowns. His 1,392 receiving yards was fourth highest in the league that year. Burnham was set to become a free agent in February 2017.
On December 6, 2016 Burnham had a workout with the Minnesota Vikings, and a workout with the New York Jets on December 15, 2016. According to BC Lions head coach Wally Buono, Burnham had workouts with somewhere between 10-12 NFL teams between the end of the 2016 season and January 31, 2017: At which time pending CFL free agents are no longer allowed to workout with NFL teams until their contract expires on February 14, 2017. On February 10, 2017 Burnham and the Lions agreed to a two-year contract extension.
|2014||BC||2||6||113||18.8||35||1||Did not participate due to injury|
Burnham's father, Lem Burnham, was a defensive lineman with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1977–79. He also worked as the team psychologist for the Eagles, Philadelphia 76ers and Baltimore Orioles. His brother, Lewis, played college football for the North Carolina Tar Heels. He also has two sisters, the eldest Shannon, attended Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania on a basketball scholarship, Kara attended Montclair University in New Jersey where she played both basketball and volleyball.
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