Burnie Legette

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Burnie Legette
No. 40
Position:Running back, Fullback
Personal information
Born: (1970-12-05) December 5, 1970 (age 47)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:243 lb (110 kg)
Career information
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards (college):600
Receiving yards (college):145
Touchdowns (college):5
Player stats at NFL.com

Burnie A. Legette (born December 5, 1970 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is a former American football running back. He played college football as a fullback for the University of Michigan from 1989 to 1992. He also played professional football for the New England Patriots during the 1993 and 1994 NFL seasons.

Early years[edit]

Legette was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado,[1] and attended Billy Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs.[2] He was a star tailback for the Mitchell football team,[3][4] rushing for over 300 yards in one game during his senior year.[5] He was selected as a Parade magazine All-American in his senior year.[6] He was also a sprinter for Mitchell's track team.[7]

Legette was recruited out of high school by UCLA, Stanford, Notre Dame and Michigan.[8] In January 1989, he announced his commitment to play for the University of Michigan.[9]

University of Michigan[edit]

Legette played college football as a fullback for the University of Michigan from 1989 to 1992.[10] In four years with the Wolverines, Legette gained 592 rushing yards and scored four rushing touchdowns on 43 carries for an average of 3.6 yards per carry.[2] His longest run for Michigan was a 50-yard gain against Iowa on October 5, 1991.[2] Legette also had 145 receiving yards and 121 kickoff return yards for the Wolverines.[2]

Professional football[edit]

Legette was not drafted in the 1993 NFL Draft, but he signed a free agent contract with the New England Patriots and played for the Patriots in the 1993 and 1994 NFL seasons.[1][11] He appeared in ten games for the Patriots.[1] He suffered a hamstring pull in July 1995,[12] and was cut by the Patriots in late August 1995, shortly before the start of the 1995 NFL season.[13]


  1. ^ a b c "Burnie Legettes". pro-football-reference.com.
  2. ^ a b c d "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 2007-11-12.
  3. ^ Steve Trivett (September 6, 1988). "Burnie Legette was born to run for Marauders: Mitchell star earns weekly honor". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  4. ^ Steve Page (September 16, 1989). "Legette makes Michigan debut today: Former Mitchell runner has made progress already in college". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  5. ^ Steve Page (September 4, 1988). "Legette romps for 303 yards in Mitchell win". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph.
  6. ^ Steve Page (January 7, 1989). "Top of their class: Parade Magazine names Hill, Legette all-Americans". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph.
  7. ^ Steve Trivett (March 28, 1989). "Legette stays in shape by throwing his weights around / Mitchell star wins on track, in field". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph.
  8. ^ Page, Steve (December 14, 1988). "Legette doesn't intend to fumble ball, puts academics before athletics". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  9. ^ Steve Page (January 31, 1989). "Legette lottery ends; Michigan is big winner; Mitchell star will sign with Wolverines". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph.
  10. ^ "1989 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  11. ^ "GRIDIRON GIANTS, Springs area has been a launching pad into the NFL for a plethora of players". The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO. January 18, 2005.
  12. ^ Ed Duckworth (August 11, 1995). "PATRIOTS JOURNAL Untimely hamstring injury hurts Legette's chances of making team". Providence Journal-Bulletin.("Legette has done more watching than playing since he pulled the hamstring in his right leg shortly afterthe Pats began their two-a-day workouts at Bryant College last month. The injury has left Legette in a Catch-22 situation, unable to impress his coaches at practice yet also unable to get the rest he needs for the muscle to heal.")
  13. ^ Ed Duckworth (August 23, 1995). "Patriots Journal Crittenden and Legette are among 6 players cut". Providence Journal-Bulletin, Providence, R.I.