Raymond Burnett

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Raymond Burnett
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born January 29, 1914
New Hope, Arkansas
Died July 19, 1996(1996-07-19) (aged 82)
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Playing career
1933-1935 Arkansas Tech
1936 Arkansas State Teachers
1938 Chicago Cardinals
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1939-1940 Atkins HS
1944-1947 Little Rock HS
1948-1953 Arkansas Tech
1954-1958 North Little Rock HS
Head coaching record
Overall 30-24-3

Raymond Burnett (January 29, 1914 – July 19, 1996) was a professional American football player and coach.

A native of New Hope, Arkansas, Burnett was a standout football player for four years in basketball and football at Atkins High School from 1928-31. Nicknamed “Rabbit” he starred as halfback at Arkansas Tech University and the Arkansas State Teachers College (now University of Central Arkansas), before playing the 1938 NFL season for the Chicago Cardinals.

Burnett then started his coaching career at Atkins High School in 1939, where he coached for two seasons before having his career interrupted by World War II. In 1944 he returned to coaching, taking over head coaching duties at tradition-rich Little Rock Central High School. After an unbeaten 14-0 season in 1946 his team was named mythical national high school champion.

In 1948, Burnett left Little Rock High for his alma mater Arkansas Tech, where he served as head coach for six seasons. He compiled a 30-24-3 overall record, including leading Tech to back-to-back AIC titles in 1948 and 1949. However, after some less successful seasons Burnett left Arkansas Tech to coach at North Little Rock High School from 1954-56. He was inducted to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1974.