Keenan Burton
Virginia Destroyers
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-10-29) October 29, 1984 (age 36)
Place of birth: Louisville, Kentucky
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Kentucky
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 128
Debuted in 2008 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-SEC (2006)
Stats at

Keenan Burton (born October 29, 1984) is an American football wide receiver for the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Kentucky.

Early years

Burton attended DuPont Manual Magnet High School in Louisville, Kentucky and was a letterman in football for the Crimsons. At the school he played many positions from quarterback to safety. He started the last three of his four seasons with the team, lining up mostly at quarterback on offense, although he did see some action as a receiver, running back, and kick returner. He helped the school attend four Class-AAAA State Playoffs. Burton carried the ball 274 times for 1,634 yards (6.0-yard average) and 25 touchdowns during his career. He completed 81 of 226 passes (35.8%) for 1,605 yards and 17 scores. He also recorded 98 tackles, along with 30 pass deflections and 10 interceptions, returning two of those picks for touchdowns, adding another score on a punt return.[1] Burton was named the MVP of the Kentucky/Tennessee High School All-Star game in 2003

College career

Burton attended college at the University of Kentucky and participated in their football program while attending the school for a degree in Agricultural communications. Burton turned down offers from Northwestern University, Indiana University, Marshall University, University of Louisville, Miami University (Ohio) and Boston College.[1]

During his tenure on the football team in the 2004 and 2005 seasons he would only play in 8 games.[2][3] Prior to the 2004 season opener, Burton suffered a left wrist fracture and would play in the first game before being side lined by the coaching staff. In 2005 he would suffer a foot injury that would result in two surgeries.

Burton played in 45 games total in his career at Kentucky as a wide receiver and kick returner. He ranks fourth in school history in receptions, third in receiving yards, second in touchdowns, and he ranks third in all purpose yards and was the fifth player to amass over 4,000 all purpose yards.[1]


College Receiving Stats
Year G Rec Yds Avg. TD Lng
Freshman 1 2 13 6.5 0 7
Sophomore 7 24 365 15.2 2 53
Junior 13 77 1036 13.5 12 73
Senior 12 66 741 11.2 9 51

In 2006, Keenan would flourish since he wasn't plagued with injuries for the first time since 2003. Burton led the Wildcats with 77 receptions for 1,036 yards and 12 touchdowns. He led the Wildcats in kick returns, averaging 24.7 yards per return.[4] He had one kickoff return for a touchdown in the team's season opener in Louisville.[5] In his kick returning duties he ranked second in the SEC. He was the third player ever in the schools history to go over a 1,000 yards receiving in a single season and his 12 touchdowns ranked 2nd on the single season chart for the school.[1]

The team would play in the Music City Bowl and Burton would catch only 5 passes for 30 yards in the game. However Kentucky went on to win the game.


Burton began his senior season with the Wildcats strong. In the first five games of the season he would compile 422 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns.[6] However struck by flu like symptoms and sprains in the knee and ankle would limit his playing time. He still managed to be second on the team for the season in receiving with 685 yards and 9 touchdowns.[1]

The team earned another trip to the Music City Bowl and again Burton would be limited in his performance. He would catch 7 passes for 56 yards. The team would win the game just as they did last year despite the low performance.

Burton would skip the Senior Bowl to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee following the completion of the season.[7]

Professional career


Burton, along with Kentucky teammate Andre Woodson, was invited to the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. Burton was a top performer in the vertical jump, broad jump, 3 cone drill, 20 yard shuttle, and 60 yard shuttle events at the combine. He placed first in the vertical jump with a 38.5 in. high jump. Burton also placed third in the 60-yard shuttle with a time of 11.36 seconds.[1]

Pre-draft measureables

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 0½ in 201 lb 4.44 s 1.50 s 2.55 s 4.20 s 6.77 s 38½ in 10 ft 5 in 10 rep 14

St. Louis Rams

Burton would be selected 128th overall in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He signed a three-year, $1.459 million contract with the Rams on July 4, 2008. The deal included a $309,000 signing bonus. Burton finished his rookie season with 13 receptions for 172 yards and one touchdown.

In 2009 Burton entered the Rams' Week 10 game against New Orleans as the teams leading receiver with 25 catches. However, his season ended in the first quarter with a knee injury when he landed awkwardly on a long pass route. "It's a patella injury," His coach, Steve Spagnuolo said. "It's a pretty bad injury." Burton became the third wide receiver, to go on the injured reserve list that season. The other wideouts on IR are Laurent Robinson and 2009 draft pick Brooks Foster.

On September 7, 2010, Burton was released by the St. Louis Rams to make room for wide receiver Mark Clayton on the 53-man roster. Burton played in 22 games as a Ram, including seven starts, totaling 38 receptions for 425 yards and one touchdown.

Virginia Destroyers

Burton was signed by the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League on August 29, 2011.[8]


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