Larry Burton

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Larry Burton
No. 80, 87
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1951-12-15) December 15, 1951 (age 65)
Place of birth: Northampton, Virginia
Career information
College: Purdue
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 44
Receiving yards: 804
Touchdowns: 7
Player stats at

Lawrence Godfrey "Larry" Burton (born December 15, 1951) is a former professional American football player and world-class Olympic sprinter, finishing fourth for the United States team in the 200 meter final at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany.

As a Senior at Purdue University, he finished his season with 38 catches for 702 yards (18.5 YPR) and 4 TD. He led the Big 10 in catches, receiving yards, and was 2nd in yards per reception.[1]

Burton was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round (7th overall) of the 1975 NFL Draft; a wide receiver from Purdue University, he played in the NFL for five seasons for the Saints and the San Diego Chargers between 1975 and 1979. Despite having over 250 receiving yards in each of his first two seasons, he was never able to become a regular starter for any team.

Boys Town Career[edit]

In 1980, Larry, along with his wife Ida, became Family Teachers at Boys Town (organization) located outside of Omaha, Nebraska.

In 1992, after being Family Teachers, Larry became the Director of the Long Beach Shelter, where he worked until 2008.[2]

Larry said, "Many of the youth who come to our Long Beach Shelter are in crisis upon arrival. This is a safety net for them. Otherwise, their lives would be endangered for this is an emergency place."[3]

The Burtons earned the Civic Leader Award, given by the National Academy of Sports and Athletics.


In 2013, Burton was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Burton's grandsons, Clay and Trey, played football for the Florida Gators.


  1. ^ "Larry Burton". Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  2. ^ ANDERSON, CHRIS. "Answering to a higher calling". Sarasota Herald. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  3. ^ Peter, Val (2015). The Rebirth of Boys Town. p. 186. ISBN 978-1-889322-32-2. 

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