Kevin Burnett

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Kevin Burnett
No. 57, 99, 47, 56, 94
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-12-24) December 24, 1982 (age 33)
Place of birth: Inglewood, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Compton (CA) Dominguez
College: Tennessee
NFL draft: 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 628
Sacks: 20.0
INTs: 5
Forced fumbles: 10
Total Touchdowns: 3
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Kevin Bradley Burnett (born December 24, 1982) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders. He played college football at the University of Tennessee.

Early years[edit]

Burnett attended both Carson High School (Carson, California) and Dominguez High School (Compton, California), actually graduating from Carson. He was a member of the 1999 Prep Star All-American team, a second-team All-State choice, and a member of the "Best of the West" by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. He played safety and running back while helping lead his team to two consecutive playoff appearances.

He went on to play for the University of Tennessee where he was switched from safety to linebacker. In 2002, he was lost for the year after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the season opener. In 2003, as a junior he was named honorable-mention All-SEC and along with Michael Muñoz, became the first Vols juniors since 1944 to serve as team captains. In 2004, he received first team All-SEC and All-American honors. Burnett was also a semi-finalist for the Dick Butkus and Chuck Bednarick Awards.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Burnett was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played sparingly as a rookie, after having problems with injuries in both of his knees. He was placed on the injured reserve list on December 29, after tearing his right ACL during a practice.

In 2006, he posted 40 tackles (29 solo), one sack, one interception and 2 forced fumbles. The next year he registered 53 tackles (46 solo), 2 passes defensed and one forced fumble. In 2008, he finished with 38 tackles (29 solo), 2 sacks and 3 passes defensed.

During his time with the Cowboys he proved to be a quality backup (he only started 4 games), that was valuable as a coverage linebacker and special teams player. Burnett played mostly in the nickel and dime defense.

San Diego Chargers[edit]

On March 10, 2009, he signed as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers, looking to become a starter.[1] He played in 11 games (7 starts), posting 66 tackles (49 solo), 2.5 sacks and one pass defensed. The next year he started every game at inside linebacker, finishing with 95 tackles (80 solo), 6 sacks, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

On July 29, 2011, he signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins.[2] He started every game and registered 105 tackles (second on the team) and 2.5 sacks. In 2012, he had career-highs with 110 tackles (80 solo) and 5 passes defensed. After the team signed free agents Philip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe, he was released on March 12, 2013.[3]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Burnett signed with the Oakland Raiders on March 17, 2013.[4] He started all 16 games at weakside linebacker, finishing with 129 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception. With his brother Kaelin, they became the first set of brothers in franchise history to play in the same regular-season game. After not being able to recover from an injured ankle he suffered in the second organized team activities session, he was waived on July 24, 2014.[5]

NFL stats[edit]

Years Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG IR TD PD
2005 DAL 13 17 13 4 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 DAL 16 40 29 11 1.0 2 0 0 1 39 39 39 1 2
2007 DAL 16 53 46 7 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2008 DAL 16 38 29 9 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2009 SD 11 66 49 17 2.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2010 SD 16 95 80 15 6.0 2 1 0 2 31 16 29 1 5
2011 MIA 16 106 84 22 2.5 0 0 0 1 34 34 34 1 3
2012 MIA 16 110 80 30 2.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
2013 OAK 16 105 83 22 2.5 3 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 4
Career 136 630 493 137 20.0 10 2 0 5 104 21 39 3 25

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Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Personal life[edit]

Burnett is the cousin of Amir Johnson, who played forward in the National Basketball Association. His brother Kaelin Burnett played linebacker for the Tennessee Titans of the NFL.

He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, initiated Spring 2004 via Iota Beta chapter.

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