Ron Burton

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Ron Burton
No. 22
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1936-07-25)July 25, 1936
Place of birth: Springfield, Ohio
Date of death: September 13, 2003(2003-09-13) (aged 67)
Place of death: Framingham, Massachusetts
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Northwestern
NFL Draft: 1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
AFL draft: 1960 / Round: 1
Pick: First Selections
(by the Boston Patriots)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career AFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Ronald E. Burton (July 25, 1936 – September 13, 2003) was an American football player in the American Football League (AFL) for the Boston Patriots. He was a consensus All-American running back at Northwestern University, and is a member of the Northwestern Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame.

Playing career[edit]

Northwestern Wildcats[edit]

Burton was a star on Ara Parseghian's late 1950s Northwestern Wildcats football teams. Named all-Big Ten in 1958 and 1959, and All-America in 1959, Burton left Northwestern having broken school records for most points in a career (130), most points in a season (76), most touchdowns in a career (21). Burton led Northwestern in all-purpose yards in 1957, 1958, and 1959.

Boston Patriots[edit]

Burton was the Boston Patriots' first-ever American Football League draft choice in 1960. He was the first Patriot to rush for over 100 yards: 127 against the Denver Broncos on 23 October 1960, as well as numerous other firsts for the Patriots.[1] His 91-yard touchdown return on a missed field goal in 1962 remains a Patriot record. He compiled 1,009 combined yards in rushing and receiving in 1962, and provided strong depth at running back for the Patriots from 1960 through 1965.

Death[edit]

In 2003, Burton died from multiple myeloma. At the time of his death, he was living in Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.[2][3][4] His sons Ron Burton, Sr., a director of community relations for the Red Sox, and Paul BurtonSteve Burton is a sports reporter for WBZ-TV in Boston and a frequent guest on WEEI-FM sports radio.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://archive.patriots.com/team/index.cfm?ac=playerbio&bio=11377
  2. ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?n=ronald-e-burton&pid=1401969
  3. ^ Social Security Death Index Search Results
  4. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JP23-14Z : 20 May 2014), Ronald E Burton, 13 Sep 2003; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

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