Open main menu

Leon Keith Burns (September 15, 1942 – December 22, 1984) was an American football running back who played for two years in the National Football League. He played for the San Diego Chargers in 1971 and for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972. He was drafted by the Chargers in the first round (13th overall) of the 1971 NFL Draft. He played college football at Long Beach State. He was elected to the 1970 College Football All-America Team by Pro Football Weekly and Newspaper Enterprise Association. Burns was shot to death on December 22, 1984 in an unsolved murder. In 1987, he was inducted to the Long Beach State Hall of Fame.[1]

Leon Burns
No. 38
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:(1942-09-15)September 15, 1942
Oakland, California
Died:December 22, 1984(1984-12-22) (aged 42)
Los Angeles, California
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
College:Long Beach State
NFL Draft:1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1972
Rushing yards:292
Rushing touchdowns:3
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Leon Burns". Long Beach State Athletics. Retrieved 2010-01-15.

External linksEdit