Leon Burns
No. 38     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1942-09-15)September 15, 1942
Place of birth: Oakland, California
Date of death: December 22, 1985(1985-12-22) (aged 43)
Place of death: 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
Debuted in 1971 for the San Diego Chargers
Last played in 1972 for the [[St. Louis Cardinals]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1972
Rushing yards     292
Average     3.4
Rushing touchdowns     3
Stats at
Stats at

Leon Keith Burns (September 15, 1942 – December 22, 1985) 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 in 1985 in an unsolved murder. In 1987, he was inducted to the Long Beach State Hall of Fame.[1]


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

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