Dialleo Burks

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Dialleo Burks
No. 89, 3, 81, 88
Position: Wide receiver / Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-07-07) July 7, 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth: LaGrange, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: LaGrange (GA)
College: Eastern Kentucky
Undrafted: 1996
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
As executive:
  • Lafayette High School (2013)
    Athletic Director
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Career Arena statistics
Receptions: 389
Receiving yards / avg.: 4,897 / 12.6
Receiving touchdowns: 107
Tackles: 47
Interceptions: 7
Player stats at PFR
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Dialleo Burks Sr. (pronounced dee-AH-low) (born July 7, 1974) former arena football wide receiver / linebacker and currently the head coach at LaGrange High School. He played college football at Eastern Kentucky.

Burks has played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, and Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL), the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, the Orlando Rage of the XFL, the Georgia Force, Grand Rapids Rampage, and the Dallas Desperados of the Arena Football League (AFL).

High school career[edit]

Burks attended LaGrange High School. While there he was a wide receiver, and teammate of future NFL cornerback Walt Harris. Burks help LaGrange earn the #1 ranking in America by USA Today in 1991.

College career[edit]

Burks finished his collegiate career with 94 receptions for 1,430 yards (15.2 avg.) and 12 touchdowns. As a junior, he led the team with 599 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He was also a member of the schools track team, competing in the high jump. As a senior, he helped Eastern Kentucky to a 9-3 regular season record and a spot in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.[1]

Professional career[edit]

National Football League (1996–2001)[edit]

In 1996, Burks signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a rookie free agent but was released at the end of training camp. He was then signed to the Eagles' practice squad. However, he was re-signed by the Eagles to the active roster on November 22, 1996.[2] He was inactive for the final four regular season games. He was active, but did not play in the Eagles NFC Wild Card Game at the San Francisco 49ers. He was later released, and was out of football in 1997.

NFL Europe (1998–1999)[edit]

In 1998, Burks was selected in the 11th round of the NFL Europe draft by the Rhein Fire, where he recorded 13 receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns while backing up league MVP Marcus Robinson. In 1999, he led the team with 32 receptions for 656 yards and five touchdowns. In the Fire's World Bowl VI win over the Frankfurt Galaxy, he had two receptions for 35 yards, both for touchdowns.[3][4][5]

National Football League (1999–2000)[edit]

After World Bowl VI, Burks then signed with the Carolina Panthers on July 13,[6] but was released at the end of training camp. He was immediately signed to the Panthers' practice squad, where he remained until December 29[6] when he was signed to the active roster for the season finale against the New Orleans Saints, however he was inactive for the game.

In total, Burks was a member of the Panthers for four games, playing in one, in 2000 when he returned one kickoff for 25 yards,[7] before being waived on October 3, 1999.

XFL (2001)[edit]

In 2001, Burks played for the Orlando Rage of the XFL, helping them to an 8-2 record[8] by recording 34 receptions for 659 yards and seven touchdowns.[8] His 19.4 yard-per-catch average led the league and his touchdown total was tied for second in the league.[8] In week one of the season he caught three touchdown passes from quarterback Jeff Brohm.[9]

Burks was signed by the Oakland Raiders on July 27, 2001.[10] But was later released. He was then re-signed by the Carolina Panthers on August 13, 2001.[10] He was however released on September 3, 2001.[10]

Arena Football League (2002–2007)[edit]

Dallas Desperados (2002–2003)[edit]

In 2002, Burks made the transition to arena football, by signing with the Dallas Desperados of the Arena Football League (AFL). In his rookie season, he led the team with 54 receptions for 677 yards and 16 touchdowns before suffering a fractured wrist against the Indiana Firebirds that ended his season. He was placed on injured reserve on June 11, and underwent surgery to repair the wrist the next day. After missing the second half of the season, he returned to the field in 2003 and set franchise single-season records in receptions (102), receiving yards (1,226) and touchdowns (28).

Georgia Force (2004–2005)[edit]

In 2004, Burks signed with the Georgia Force and went on to earn the team's Ironman of the Year award after making the switch from Offensive Specialist to wide receiver / linebacker. He finished the year with 73 receptions for 1,075 yards (second best in team single-season history) and 18 touchdowns while posting 25.5 tackles, nine pass breakups and two picks on defense and returning six kickoffs 61 yards.

In his Force debut against the New York Dragons, Burks caught four passes for 72 yards and recorded one tackle.[11] His 2005 season was slowed due to injury. Due to those injuries he played in only four games, recording just 18 catches for 180 yards, one tackle and one interception before being traded to the Grand Rapids Rampage. With the Force, Burks returned to health and recorded 34 receptions for 382 yards and seven touchdowns. He earned Defensive Player-of-the-Game honors in the home opener against the New Orleans VooDoo after recording just his third career interception and a pass defensed. Burks also added three catches for 41 yards. He recorded three catches for 25 yards at the Avengers before being placed on reserve/injured on February 10 with a hamstring injury. He returned to play against the Buffalo Destroyers, recording six receptions for 46 yards. He added six receptions for 68 yards with a tackle on the road against the Dragons before returning to the reserve/injured list with the same hamstring injury.

Grand Rapids Rampage (2006)[edit]

Burks was then traded to the Grand Rapids Rampage on March 30 in exchange for wide receiver / linebacker Chris Jackson. In his first game with the Rampage, Burks saw limited playing time against the Nashville Kats and recorded two receptions for 20 yards. Against the Colorado Crush, he recorded season-highs with nine catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

Dallas Desperados (2006–2007)[edit]

With the loss of Bobby Sippio in free agency, the Desperados signed Burks in the fall of 2005 to complete the starting line-up. He ranked in the top five in all career receiving categories in Dallas franchise history: receptions (fourth - 156); receiving yards (fifth - 1,904); and touchdowns (fifth - 44), when he returned to Dallas. In 2006, he finished the season with his highest number of touchdown catches (29) and his second highest totals for receptions (93) and receiving yards (1,130). He carried the ball seven times for 20 yards and two touchdowns. He was named Player-of-the-Game for the Desperados 55-48 win over the Las Vegas Gladiators, for his 10 catches, 114 receiving yards, four touchdown receptions, one rushing touchdown.[12][13] Then, in 2007, he finished fifth in receiving for the Desperados with 18 receptions from 243 yards, averaging 13.5 yards per reception, and nine touchdowns. He also recorded 3.5 tackles. The reason for the low total statistics is the fact that Burks returned to school, but was kept on the teams "availability list" as a precaution.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Receiving Rushing Tackles Pass defense Fumbles Kick returns
Year Team League Rec Yds Avg Lng. TD Att Yds Avg Lng. TD Solo. Asst. Total PB Int. Yds. TD FF FR Ret. Yds. Avg. Lng TD
1996 PHI NFL 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 RH NFLE 13 109 8.4 -- 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 RH NFLE 32 656 20.5 -- 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 CAR NFL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 CAR NFL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 25 25.0 25 0
2001 OR XFL 34 659 19.4 81 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 OAK NFL -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2002 DAL AFL 54 677 12.5 -- 16 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 14 153 10.9 -- 0
2003 DAL AFL 102 1,221 12.0 -- 28 4 -9 -2.3 -- 0 2 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 82 8.2 -- 0
2004 GA AFL 73 1,075 14.7 -- 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 15 33 8 2 38 1 0 0 6 61 10.2 -- 0
2005 GA AFL 16 180 11.3 -- 0 1 -5 -5.0 -5 0 1 0 1 1 1 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 GR AFL 34 371 10.9 -- 7 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 8 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 DAL AFL 92 1,130 12.3 -- 29 7 20 2.9 -- 2 16 6 22 1 4 24 0 1 1 6 42 7.0 -- 1
2007 DAL AFL 18 243 13.5 -- 9 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career[15][16][17] 468 6,321 13.5 -- 121 12 6 0.5 -- 2 47 29 76 13 8 72 1 2 2 37 363 9.8 -- 1

Coaching career[edit]

While playing in the Arena Football League, Burks served as an assistant coach at Hopewell High School in 2002, and Berkmar High School from 2004 to 2005.[18] Then he became the wide receivers' coach for LaGrange College from 2006 until 2009. In 2008, while at LaGrange College, he also became the special teams and Fullback / Linebacker coach for the Georgia Force in 2008. In 2010, he became an assistant coach at Troup High School. He then returned to LaGrange High School as an assistant coach from 2011 until 2012.[18] On January 16, 2013, he was hired by Lafayette High School as athletic director and head coach in Lafayette, Alabama. In 2014, he became head coach at his alma mater LaGrange High School.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Throughout his professional career, Burks has helped support the community he played in. During his first stint with the Desperados, he served as a celebrity guest coach at the Dallas Cowboys Let Us Play! Sports Camp for underprivileged girls. He and wife Patricia have two daughters, Kennedy and Payton, and two sons, Dialleo, Jr., and Kameron.

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