Cornell Burbage

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Cornell Burbage
No. 15, 82
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-02-22) February 22, 1965 (age 52)
Place of birth: Lexington, Kentucky
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Lexington (KY) Bryan Station
College: Kentucky
Undrafted: 1987
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 26
Receiving yards: 352
Touchdowns: 2
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Cornell Rodney Burbage (born February 22, 1965) is a former American football player and coach. He played in professional football as a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL from 1987 to 1989 and the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football in 1991 and 1992. He played college football for the University of Kentucky.

Early years[edit]

Burbage attended Bryan Station High School, where he was a teammate of Dermontti Dawson and Marc Logan. He didn't have great stats at wide receiver because he played in a heavily run-oriented system.

He played his college football at the University of Kentucky, but also had few opportunities to prove his true worth in the Wildcats run-oriented offense. As a junior, he tallied 15 receptions for 239 yards. In his last year in 1986, he led the team in receiving with only 24 receptions.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Burbage was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 1987 NFL draft. He was waived on September 7.[1]

After the players went on a strike on the third week of the 1987 season, those games were canceled (reducing the 16 game season to 15) and the NFL decided that the games would be played with replacement players. Burbage was signed to be a part of the Dallas Cowboys replacement team, that was given the mock name "Rhinestone Cowboys" by the media.[2] He had a 77-yard touchdown reception against the Philadelphia Eagles and was eventually cut on October 26, after the strike ended.[3][4]

In 1988, he was signed during the offseason and was cut on August 29.[5] Burbage was re-signed on October 12, to provide depth after the team suffered many injuries on the wide receiver corps.[6] He finished the year ranked second in kickoff-return average (22.4 yards) in the National Football Conference.[7]

On September 19, 1989, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a shoulder injury.[8]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Burbage signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a Plan B free agent in 1990. He was released on August 28.[9]

New York/New Jersey Knights (WLAF)[edit]

Burbage signed with the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football in 1991, that were coached by Mouse Davis, the architect of the Run and shoot offense. He led the league in kickoff-return average and also registered a World League-record return of 101 yards in 1992.[10]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

On July 10, 1991, he was signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers.[11] He was cut on August 26.[12]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL)[edit]

Burbage signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 1993. He was released on July 4.[13]

Memphis Mad Dogs (CFL)[edit]

In 1995, he was signed as a free agent by the Memphis Mad Dogs of the Canadian Football League.[14]

Personal life[edit]

After his playing career was over, he was a coach at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, where he helped turn the team into a state runner-up in 1997. The next year he left to coach at his alma matter Bryan Station High School.

Burbage served three years as the offensive coordinator, before taking over as the 27th head football coach for the Kentucky State University Thorobreds on an interim basis for the 2004 season.[15] His career coaching record at Kentucky State was 7 wins, 4 losses, and 0 ties. As of the conclusion of the 2007 season, this ranks him 12th at Kentucky State in total wins and second at Kentucky State in winning percentage (.636).[16]

In 2006, he was named the head coach at West Jessamine High School.[17]


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