David Bruton (American football)

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David Bruton
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Bruton with the Denver Broncos in 2010
No. -- Free agent
Position: Strong safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-07-23) July 23, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth: Winchester, Kentucky
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Miamisburg (OH)
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 114
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Tackles: 190
Quarterback sacks: 2.0
Pass deflections: 18
Interceptions: 3
Forced fumbles: 5
Player stats at NFL.com

David Lee Bruton Jr. (born July 23, 1987) is an American football strong safety and special teamer who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame.

High school[edit]

Bruton attended Miamisburg High School in Miamisburg, Ohio. As a senior, he recorded 54 tackles, three interceptions and broke up seven passes on defense, while catching 10 passes for 200 yards on offense. He earned All-Division I-II all-area honors from Dayton Daily News and won all-district honors on defense.

College career[edit]

Bruton played four seasons for Notre Dame, playing as a starter in his junior and senior seasons. Bruton finished his career with 214 total tackles and seven interceptions. His best season came as a senior, when he finished second on the team with 97 total tackles and had a team-high four interceptions. In Bruton's final college game, he had an interception in the Hawaii Bowl, helping Notre Dame win its first bowl game since the 1993 season. Bruton graduated from Notre Dame in 2009 with a bachelor's degree, majoring in political science and sociology.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 219 lb 4.48 s 1.53 s 2.59 s 4.28 s 6.60 s 41½ in 11 ft 0 in 19 reps
All values from NFL Combine[2]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Bruton was selected in the fourth round (114th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Before the 2009 season, Bruton signed a four-year contract with Denver. Bruton made his first career start on December 20, 2009 against the Oakland Raiders where he recorded 4 tackles. Bruton finished his rookie 2009 season with 14 total tackles. During the lockout he has taken a job as a substitute teacher in Miamisburg Ohio.[3]

Bruton provides the Broncos with depth at the safety position, yet he is mostly used on special teams and is considered one of the best special teamers in the league. Bruton has been the Broncos' special teams captain for the 2013–2015 seasons.[4]

On March 11, 2013, Bruton re-signed with the Broncos on a three-year contract.[5]

On December 20, 2015, in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bruton suffered a broken fibula early into the game. However, he refused to be taken out of the game and instead played through the rest of it. He was on the field for 77 plays with the broken leg before being taken off late in the fourth quarter.[6] The Broncos would go on to lose the game 34–27. Two days later, the Broncos placed him on injured reserve.[7] Without Bruton, the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50

Washington Redskins[edit]

Bruton signed with the Washington Redskins on a three–year, $9 million contract on March 15, 2016.[8][9] He was placed on injured reserve on October 5, 2016.[10] He was released by the Redskins on December 2, 2016.[11]


During the 2011 NFL off-season, Bruton served as an elementary and high school substitute teacher in his former school district of Miamisburg Ohio. He obtained a one-year license to substitute teach from the Ohio Department of Education.[12]

Bruton was selected as the Broncos' 2015 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. He was recognized for his community and charity efforts including work with his charity, "Bruton's Books". [13]


  1. ^ "David Bruton Working as Substitute Teacher During NFL Lockout". Larry Brown Sports. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  2. ^ "David Burton Draft Profile", NFLDraftScout.com, retrieved December 18, 2009 
  3. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Broncos-8217-Bruton-spending-the-lockout-as-a-?urn=nfl-wp2141
  4. ^ "Broncos name 2015 team captains". DenverBroncos.com. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Denver Broncos keep special teams ace David Bruton with 3-year deal on eve of free agency | Fox News". Fox News. 2013-03-11. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  6. ^ Legwold, Jeff (December 22, 2015). "David Bruton Jr. played most of Sunday's loss with fractured fibula". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  7. ^ Mason, Andrew (December 22, 2015). "David Bruton Jr. to be placed on injured reserve; Broncos sign Shaun Prater to take spot". DenverBroncos.com. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Redskins Sign S David Bruton Jr.". Washington Redskins. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Redskins strike deal with safety David Bruton". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  10. ^ Czarda, Stephen (October 5, 2016). "Redskins Sign Safeties Donte Whitner And Josh Evans". Redskins.com. 
  11. ^ "12/2: Redskins Make Roster Moves". Redskins.com. December 2, 2016. 
  12. ^ Farrar, Doug. "Broncos' Bruton spending the lockout as a substitute teacher". Shutdown Corner Blog. Yahoo Sports. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  13. ^ "David Bruton Jr. named 2015 Broncos Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year". Denver Broncos. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 

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