Jeff Burris
Miami Dolphins
Assistant defensive backs coach/defensive quality control coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1972-06-06) June 6, 1972 (age 47)
Place of birth: Rock Hill, South Carolina
High School: Rock Hill (SC) Northwestern
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Debuted in 1994 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Games played     144
Games started     119
Tackles     529
Interceptions     19
INT return yards     302
Touchdowns     2
Stats at
Stats at

Jeffrey Lamar Burris (born June 6, 1972) is an American football coach and former professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football for the University of Notre Dame, and was an All-American. He was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Bills, Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL. Burris is currently the assistant defensive backs coach/defensive quality control coach for the Miami Dolphins.

Early yearsEdit

Burris was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina.[1] He graduated from Northwestern High School in Rock Hill,[2] where he played for the Northwestern Trojans high school football team.

College careerEdit

While attending the University of Notre Dame, Burris played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team from 1990 to 1993. He was the Irish's primary running back in their goal line jumbo package, rushing for 167 yards on 29 carries and 10 touchdowns and catching one pass for 3 yards and a touchdown. As a senior in 1993, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American as a defensive back.

Professional careerEdit

The Buffalo Bills selected Burris in the first round (27th pick overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft,[3] and he played for the Bills from 1994 to 1997.[4]

In his ten-year pro career, Burris played in 144 regular season games, started 119 of them, compiling 529 tackles, and 19 interceptions for 302 return yards and two touchdowns.[4]

Coaching careerEdit

Burris began his coaching career in 2007 at Fishers High School in Fishers, IN, where he helped work on the technique of cornerbacks and safeties as well as installing a defensive scheme.

Burris joined the United Football League’s Sacramento Mountain Lions as the defensive backs coach in 2011, hired by former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green. Burris stayed with the Mountain Lions through their 2011 campaign, finishing with a 2–3 record.

On March 5, 2012, Burris was announced as the cornerbacks coach for the UMass Minutemen, working under new head coach Charley Molnar. He coached the Minutemen for the 2012 season.

In 2013 it was announced that Burris would become the assistant defensive backs coach and defensive quality control coach for the Miami Dolphins.


  1. National Football League, Historical Players, Jeff Burris. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  2., Players, Jeff Burris. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  3. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1994 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1, Players, Jeff Burris. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
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