Morgan Mark Burnett (born January 13, 1989) is an American football strong safety for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Georgia Institute of Technology. He was selected by the Packers in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft with the 71st overall pick and later beat the Pittsburgh Steelers with the team in Super Bowl XLV.

 

 

High school career

A native of College Park, Georgia, Burnett attended North Clayton High School, where he played for the North Clayton Eagles high school football team. He was named Class AAAA first-team all-state as a senior after earning honorable mention all-state recognition at quarterback as a sophomore. He made 135 tackles as a senior and six interceptions including three that he returned for touchdowns.

Burnett was also a four-year letterman in track & field, where he was one of the states top performers in the triple jump. He got a personal-best leap of 47 ft, 12 in (14.61 meters) in the triple jump.[9] He also competed in the long jump, 400-meters and relays.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Burnett ranked seventh among safety prospects nationwide.[10] He was offered athletic scholarship by a number of high-major schools, including Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia, before choosing to attend Georgia Tech on January 10, 2007.

College career

As a freshman, Burnett played in all 13 games and started against UNC. He subbed at safety and came in on the nickel package all season. Burnett led the team in interceptions (3) and ranked fifth on the team in tackles (57, 37 solo). He subsequently earned ACC All-Freshman team by Sporting News.

As a sophomore in 2008, Burnett started all 13 games for the Yellow Jackets. He recorded 93 tackles, of which 62 were solo. Burnett also had seven interceptions and returned them for 95 yards. In the season opener vs. Jacksonville State, he picked off two Ryan Perrilloux passes, returning one of them 47 yards. Later in the season, he picked off a Matthew Stafford pass and returned it 35 yards for his first career touchdown at Georgia. Burnett was named to a number of All-ACC and All-American teams, including Pro Football Weekly′s 2008 All-America first team.[11]

On January 11, 2010, Burnett announced he would enter his name in the 2010 NFL Draft and forgo his senior season.[12]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
HtWtArm lengthHand size40‑yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20‑ss3‑coneVert jumpBroad
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
209 lb
(95 kg)
31 34 in
(0.81 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.51 s1.57 s2.56 s3.92 s6.87 s39.5 in
(1.00 m)
11 ft 8 in
(3.56 m)
All values are from Pro Day[13] except arm length and hand size from NFL Combine[14]

Burnett was selected in the third round (71st overall) by the Green Bay Packers in the 2010 NFL Draft.[15] He recorded his first career interception in week 2 of the 2010 NFL season against the Buffalo Bills.

However, on October 4, Burnett tore his ACL and missed the remainder of his rookie season.[16] He was placed on injured reserve three days later .[17]

In the 2012 season, he was one of two defensive players in the NFL to play every snap in every game in the season, along with James Laurinaitis of the St. Louis Rams.

On July 19, 2013, Burnett signed a four-year, $24.75 million contract extension.[9]

NFL career statistics

Regular season

SeasonTeamGamesTackles
GPGSTotalSoloAstSckInt
2010Green Bay Packers441412201
2011Green Bay Packers161610778291.03
2012Green Bay Packers161612388352.02
2013Green Bay Packers131396603600
2014Green Bay Packers151513094361.51
2015Green Bay Packers111168472100
2016Green Bay Packers15159370233.02
 Total90906314491827.59
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Postseason

SeasonTeamGamesTackles
GPGSTotalSoloAstSckInt
2011Green Bay Packers1143101
2012Green Bay Packers22107300
2013Green Bay Packers1166000
2014Green Bay Packers22141132.01
2015Green Bay Packers22159600
2016Green Bay Packers331511400
 Total11116447172.02
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