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American Football Database
Kevin Burnett
No. 58     Oakland Raiders
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-12-24) December 24, 1982 (age 38)
Place of birth: Inglewood, California
High School: Compton (CA) Dominguez
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42
Debuted in 2005 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-SEC (2004)
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles     522
Sacks     17.5
INTs     4
Forced fumbles     6
Total Touchdowns     3
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Kevin Bradley Burnett (born December 24, 1982) is an American football linebacker for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He played college football at Tennessee. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft and also played for the San Diego Chargers and the Miami Dolphins.

Early years

Burnett attended both Carson High School (Carson, California) and Dominguez High School (Compton, California), actually graduating from Carson. 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. He played safety and running back while helping lead his team to two consecutive playoff appearances.

He went on to play for the University of Tennessee where he was switched from safety to linebacker. In 2002, he was lost for the year after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the season opener. In 2003, as a junior he was named second team All-SEC and along with Michael Muñoz, became the first Vols juniors since 1944 to serve as team captains. In 2004, he received first team All-SEC and All-American honors. Burnett was also a semi-finalist for the Dick Butkus and Chuck Bednarick Awards.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Burnett was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played sparingly as a rookie, after having problems with injuries in both of his knees.

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. Burnett played mostly in the nickel and dime defense.

San Diego Chargers

In 2009 he signed as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers looking to become a starter. He started 7 games that year and every game in 2010.

Miami Dolphins

In 2011 he signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins. Burnett has started every game during his two years with the Dolphins, recording at least 100 tackles every year, with a career high 110 tackles in 2012.

On March 12, 2013, Burnett was released by the Dolphins.[1]

Oakland Raiders

Burnett signed with the Oakland Raiders on March 17, 2013.[2]


Burnett is the cousin of NBA forward Amir Johnson, who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors. His brother Kaelin Burnett also plays for the Oakland Raiders.

He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, initiated Spring 2004 via Iota Beta chapter.


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