Burke Dales (born February 16, 1977) is a former professional Canadian football punter. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played CIS Football with the Concordia Stingers.

Burke Dales
No. 30
Born: (1977-02-16) February 16, 1977 (age 42)
Collingwood, Ontario
Career information
CFL statusNational
Position(s)P
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight225 lb (102 kg)
CollegeConcordia
NFL draft2002 / Undrafted
Career history
As player
2002Pittsburgh Steelers*
2003Montreal Alouettes*
20052011Calgary Stampeders
20122013Edmonton Eskimos
2013Montreal Alouettes
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star2010, 2011
CFL West All-Star2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
Honors *2001 All-Canadian team

Over his 9-year career Dales played for the Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos, and Montreal Alouettes. Dales was born in Collingwood, Ontario, and raised in Brockville, Ontario.

Professional careerEdit

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

After playing at Concordia University, Dales attended the Pittsburgh Steelers 2002 training camp. He also tried to make the team as a kick-off specialist. When he placekicks, he uses the straight-on style which had not been seen in the NFL since the 1980s.[1]

Montreal AlouettesEdit

Dales attended Montreal Alouettes's 2003 training camp[2] and sat out the remainder of the 2003 and 2004 seasons before signing with Calgary in 2005.[3]

Calgary StampedersEdit

Dales was signed as a free agent on March 8, 2005, by the Calgary Stampeders.[3]

Prior to the Stampeders' 96th Grey Cup victory in 2008, Dales was offered a new contract to re-sign with Calgary for the 2009 CFL season but withheld signing until seeing if he could get interest from a National Football League team.[4]

Dales re-signed with the Stampeders on March 24, 2009, after failing to gain interest from NFL teams and a reportedly higher offer from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers would have meant losing his off-season employment.[5][6][7][8][9]

Edmonton EskimosEdit

After becoming a free agent in 2012, Dales signed with the Edmonton Eskimos on February 19, 2012.[10]

On July 22, 2013, he was released by the Eskimos.[11]

Montreal AlouettesEdit

On October 30, 2013, Dales was signed by the Montreal Alouettes.[12][13]

RetirementEdit

Dales announced his retirement on May 16, 2014.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Dales' sister, Stacey, is a former Women's National Basketball Association player.[15] His cousin Jason Arnott played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bouchette, Ed (2002-05-22). "Steelers uncover old-style kicker". Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  2. ^ "Concordia Punter Joins the Alouettes - Burke Dales Will Try Out With Montreal". Montreal Alouettes Football Club. 2003-01-15. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  3. ^ a b "Burke Dales P #16". Roster. Calgary Stampeder Football Club. Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  4. ^ Cameron, Allen (2009-01-22). "Dales puts faith in NFL networking". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2009-01-30.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Stampeders Sign P Dales to Contract Extension". TSN.ca. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  6. ^ Penton, Kirk (2009-02-17). "Shabazz to the rescue". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  7. ^ Busby, Ian. "Dales deal not done yet". The Rouge. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  8. ^ "Kelly To Join Bob Tonight on "The Football Huddle"". CJOB. 2009-02-17. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  9. ^ Penton, Kirk (2009-03-25). "Bomber punter bid blocked". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
  10. ^ "Esks sign All-Star punter Dales". Archived from the original on 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  11. ^ CFL Transactions July 2013 Archived September 7, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ CFL Transactions October 2013 Archived September 7, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2013-11-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Longtime Calgary Stampeders punter Burke Dales hangs 'em up". Calgary Sun. Archived from the original on 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  15. ^ Canadian Press (2003-01-16). "Als lose Woodcock, sign rookie Dales". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  16. ^ Ryan, Allan (2008-11-23). "How to impress your fellow Grey Cup watchers without even trying". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-03-25.

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