Bryan Burnham

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Bryan Burnham
No. 16     BC Lions
Born: (1990-04-03) April 3, 1990 (age 28)
Moorestown, New Jersey
Career information
CFL statusInternational
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight210 lb (95 kg)
High schoolMoorestown (NJ)
Career history
As player
2014–presentBC Lions
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star20172018
CFL West All-Star20162018
Career stats

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.

College career[edit]

Burnham played college football for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, the only NCAA Division I school that recruited him.[1] After he developed a serious infection when he cut his arm in practice, he sat out his freshman year with redshirt status in 2008.[1] 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.[2][3] He suffered a torn ACL injury which ended his final year of NCAA eligibility.[4] 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.[5]

Professional career[edit]

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.[6] His season was cut short one week later when he suffered a lacerated spleen.[7][8] 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,[9] and a workout with the New York Jets on December 15, 2016.[10] 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.[11] On February 10, 2017 Burnham and the Lions agreed to a two-year contract extension.[12]

Season statistics[edit]

Receiving   Regular season   Playoffs
Year Team Games No. Yards Avg Long TD Games No. Yards Avg Long TD
2014 BC 2 6 113 18.8 35 1 Did not participate due to injury
2015 BC 11 35 423 12.1 47 2 1 1 24 24 24 0
2016 BC 18 79 1,392 17.6 55 6 2 5 97 19.4 34 1
CFL totals 31 120 1,928 16.2 55 6 3 6 121 20.2 34 1

Personal life[edit]

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.[1] His brother, Lewis, played college football for the North Carolina Tar Heels.[13] He also has two sisters, the eldest Shannon, attended Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania on a basketball scholarship,[1] Kara attended Montclair University in New Jersey where she played both basketball and volleyball.


  1. ^ a b c d Beamish, Mike (24 September 2014). "Eagle-eyed sister celebrates Bryan Burnham's first TD with Lions". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  2. ^ Taylor, John (4 September 2012). "Tulsa's top receiver out with season-ending injury". NBC Sports. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Bryan Burnham". Tulsa Hurricanes. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  4. ^ Kuntz, Harold. "Athletes Face Long Recovery From Common ACL Injuries". News on 6. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  5. ^ "NCAA rejects Bryan Burnham appeal". ESPN. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  6. ^ "With injuries mounting, rookie WRs getting a chance with B.C. Lions". The Sports Network. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  7. ^ Click highlights and college tabs at "Bryan Burnham". BC Lions. Archived from the original on 13 May 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  8. ^ Canadian Press (29 September 2015). "Andrew Harris out until CFL playoffs with dislocated ankle". Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Vikings Worked Out 5 CFL Players Including DT Michael Brooks –". Retrieved 2016-12-08.
  10. ^ Sportsnet, Justin DunkJustin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph He covers the league for; 3DownNation. (2016-12-15). "Slew of CFL players worked out for New York Jets". 3DownNation. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  11. ^ "Mike Beamish: Lions have more than a passing interest in re-signing receiver Bryan Burnham". The Province. 2017-02-04. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  12. ^ "Lions agree with Burnham on two-year deal – Article – TSN". TSN. 2017-02-10. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  13. ^ "LEWIS BURNHAM". Archived from the original on July 21, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015.

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