Ron Burton
No. 22
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:(1936-07-25)July 25, 1936
Springfield, Ohio
Died:September 13, 2003(2003-09-13) (aged 67)
Framingham, Massachusetts
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
NFL Draft:1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
AFL draft:1960 / Round: 1
Pick: First Selections
(by the Boston Patriots)
Career history
* Boston Patriots (19601965)
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (1959)
Career AFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Ronald E. Burton (July 25, 1936 – September 13, 2003) was an American football player in the American Football League (AFL) for the Boston Patriots. He was a consensus All-American running back at Northwestern University, and is a member of the Northwestern Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame.

Playing careerEdit

Northwestern WildcatsEdit

Burton was a star on Ara Parseghian's late 1950s Northwestern Wildcats football teams. Named all-Big Ten in 1958 and 1959, and All-America in 1959, Burton left Northwestern having broken school records for most points in a career (130), most points in a season (76), most touchdowns in a career (21). Burton led Northwestern in all-purpose yards in 1957, 1958, and 1959.

Boston PatriotsEdit

Burton was the Boston Patriots' first-ever American Football League draft choice in 1960. He was the first Patriot to rush for over 100 yards: 127 against the Denver Broncos on October 23, 1960, as well as numerous other firsts for the Patriots.[1] His 91-yard touchdown return on a missed field goal in 1962 remains a Patriot record. He compiled 1,009 combined yards in rushing and receiving in 1962, and provided strong depth at running back for the Patriots from 1960 through 1965.

Statistics: Ron Burton Sr. New England (Boston) Patriots 1960-1965

All-Time Leader in Punt Returns(Based on return yardage)Years: 1960-’65 NO: 56 FC: 0 YDS: 389AVG: 6.9 LG 62 TD: 0

Year-by-Year Leader in Punt ReturnsYear: 1965 NO: 15 YDS: 61 AVG: 4.1 LG 12 TD: 0

Year-by-Year Leader in RushingYear: 1962 ATT: 134 YDS: 548 AVG: 4.0 LG: 59 TD: 2


In 2003, Burton died from multiple myeloma. At the time of his death, he was living in Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.[2][3][4] His sons are Ron Burton Jr., a director of community relations for the Red Sox, Paul Burton, a reporter for WBZ-TV, and Steve Burton who is the Sports Director for WBZ-TV in Boston and a frequent guest on WEEI-FM sports radio.

See alsoEdit


  3. Social Security Death Index Search Results
  4. "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch ( : May 20, 2014), Ronald E Burton, September 13, 2003; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

External linksEdit

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