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Morgan Burnett
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No. 42     Green Bay Packers
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-01-13) January 13, 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth: Memphis, Tennessee
High School: College Park (GA) North Clayton
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Georgia Tech
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 71
Debuted in 2010 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     244
Sacks     3.0
Pass deflections     17
Interceptions     6
Forced fumbles     4

Morgan Mark Burnett (born January 13, 1989) is an American football 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.

High school careerEdit

A native of College Park, Georgia, Burnett attended North Clayton High School, where 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.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Burnett ranked seventh among safety prospects nation-wide.[1] 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 careerEdit

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.[2]

On January 11, 2010, Burnett announced he would enter his name in the 2010 NFL Draft and forgo his senior season.[3]

Professional careerEdit

On April 23, 2010, he was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. Burnett 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.[4] He was placed on injured reserve three days later .[5]

In the 2012 season, he was 1 of only 2 defensive players in the entire NFL to play every single snap in every game in the entire season, along with James Laurinaitis of the St. Louis Rams.

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