Kevin Bradley Burnett (born December 24, 1982) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders. He played college football at the University of Tennessee.
Burnett with the San Diego Chargers in 2010
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|Born:||December 24, 1982|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||240 lb (109 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Burnett attended Carson High School, before transferring after his sophomore season to Dominguez High School. He played safety and running back while helping his team reach two consecutive playoff appearances.
As a senior, he had 48 carries for 650 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was a member of the 1999 Prep Star All-American team, a second-team All-State choice, and a member of the "Best of the West" by the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Burnett accepted a football scholarship from the University of Tennessee. As a true freshman in 2000, he was switched from free safety to outside linebacker midway through the season and played mainly on special teams.
As a sophomore in 2001, he started 2 games, finishing with 52 tackles (6.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks and 3 passes defensed. In 2002, he was lost for the year after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the season opener.
As a junior in 2003, he started 12 out of 13 games, posting 90 tackles (7.5 for loss), 8 quarterback pressures, 1. 5 sacks and 3 passes defensed. He was named honorable-mention All-SEC and along with Michael Muñoz, became the first Vols juniors since 1944 to serve as team captains.
As a senior in 2004, he registered 120 tackles (second on the team), 6 tackles for loss, 7 special teams tackles (tied for the team lead), one sack, one interception. Against the University of Florida, he tallied acareer-high with 16 tackles (10 solo). Along with Michael Muñoz, became the first Vols two-time captains since J. G. Lowe earned that honor in 1924-1925. He received first team All-SEC and All-American honors. Burnett was also a semi-finalist for the Dick Butkus and Chuck Bednarick Awards.
Burnett was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played sparingly as a rookie, after having problems with injuries in both of his knees. He was placed on the injured reserve list on December 29, after tearing his right ACL during a practice. He finished the season with 11 special teams tackles (tied for fourth on the team).
In 2006, he was the backup behind DeMarcus Ware, posting 40 tackles (29 solo), 16 special teams tackles (second on the team), one sack, 2 forced fumbles, one interception (returned for a touchdown against Peyton Manning).
The next year, he was a backup at inside linebacker and started 2 games in place of Akin Ayodele. He registered 52 tackles (eighth on the team), 46 solo tackles, 18 special teams tackles (tied for third on the team), 2 passes defensed and one forced fumble. In 2008, he finished with 2 starts, 38 tackles (29 solo), 2 sacks and 3 passes defensed.
During his time with the Cowboys he proved to be a quality backup (he only started 4 games), that was valuable as a coverage linebacker and special teams player. He played mostly in the nickel and dime defense.
San Diego ChargersEdit
On March 10, 2009, he signed as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers, looking to become a starter. He played in 11 games (7 starts), posting 66 tackles (49 solo), 2.5 sacks and one pass defensed. The next year, he started every game at inside linebacker, finishing with 95 tackles (80 solo), 6 sacks, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles.
On July 29, 2011, he signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins, reuniting with head coach Tony Sparano, who was the offensive line coach during his time with the Cowboys. He started every game and registered 105 tackles (second on the team) and 2.5 sacks.
On March 17, 2013, Burnett was signed by the Oakland Raiders as a free agent. He started all 16 games at weakside linebacker, finishing with 129 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception. With his brother Kaelin, they became the first set of brothers in franchise history to play in the same regular-season game.
|Years||Team||GP||COMB||TOTAL||AST||SACK||FF||FR||FR YDS||INT||IR YDS||AVG IR||LNG IR||TD||PD|
- GP: games played
- COMB: combined tackles
- TOTAL: total tackles
- AST: assisted tackles
- SACK: sacks
- FF: forced fumbles
- FR: fumble recoveries
- FR YDS: fumble return yards
- INT: interceptions
- IR YDS: interception return yards
- AVG IR: average interception return
- LNG: longest interception return
- TD: touchdown
- PD: passes defensed
He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, initiated Spring 2004 via Iota Beta chapter.
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- "Raiders to cut LB Kevin Burnett". Retrieved January 7, 2018.
- "Kevin Burnett Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved January 23, 2018.