Stephen Burton

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Stephen Burton
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Burton in the offensive huddle as a member of the Minnesota Vikings
No. 80 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-12-11) December 11, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth: Lakewood, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Lakewood (CA) Artesia
College: West Texas A&M
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 7 / Pick: 236
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 15
Receiving Yards: 149
Touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Stephen Burton (born December 11, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at West Texas A&M.[1] On April 23, 2014, Burton had retired due to concussion concern.[2]

Early years[edit]

Burton attended Artesia High School in Lakewood, California where he received offensive Player of the Year honors as a wide receiver and running back. Although having great talent at wide receiver, Burton was offered no scholarships from any college. He eventually chose to attend the Junior College, Long Beach City College.

College years[edit]

While attending Long Beach, Burton played wide receiver and was the kick returner for the team. In 2007, he was named team MVP and won Second Team All-Conference as a wide receiver. After playing for Long Beach for his freshman and sophomore years, Burton decided to transfer to University of Oklahoma. However, Burton was unable to obtain enough credits to transfer and eventually decided to attend the Division II school, West Texas A&M. In his first season playing in a spread offense at West Texas A&M, he had three 100-yard receiving games. During his second year Burton had three 100-yard receiving games again and also had 70 receptions for 1,021 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Professional career[edit]

2011 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 221 lb 4.38 s 1.46 s 2.56 s 4.31 s 7.04 s 35 in 10 ft 4 in 19 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Burton was drafted by the Vikings in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft . He was signed to the Minnesota Vikings' active roster on October 25, 2011. His promotion was in response to the Vikings releasing wide receiver Bernard Berrian. Burton scored his first NFL touchdown with the Vikings on September 16, 2012 against the Indianapolis Colts. It was a 6-yard reception that was tipped by tight end Kyle Rudolph. Burton was released by the Vikings on August 31, 2013 (along with 18 others) to get to a 53-man roster.[3]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Burton was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 1, 2013. He was placed on injured reserve on December 9, 2013 due to a concussion. On April 23, 2014, Burton retired at the age of 24 due to concussion concerns.[4]

Calgary Stampeders[edit]

On January 26, 2015, Burton unretired and signed a contract with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.[5]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

On May 11, 2017, Burton signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vikings draft West Texas A&M WR Stephen Burton in 7th round of NFL draft". The Republic. Retrieved 2011-04-30. 
  2. ^ . USA Today http://q.usatoday.com/2014/04/23/jaguars-wr-stephen-burton-retires-due-to-head-injuries/. Retrieved April 23, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Hasan, Arif (August 31, 2013). "Minnesota Vikings Release Final 53-Man Roster, Final Cuts". DailyNorseman.com. SB Nation. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ . USA Today http://q.usatoday.com/2014/04/23/jaguars-wr-stephen-burton-retires-due-to-head-injuries/. Retrieved April 23, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Grey Cup champion Stampeders add DB Hobbs, receiver Burton". TSN. The Canadian Press. 

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