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Tony Burse
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Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-04-04) April 4, 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth: LaFayette, Georgia
Career information
College: Middle Tennessee State
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 12 / Pick: 324
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Seattle Seahawks ( 1987 1988)
Career highlights and awards
*Second Team All-Arena (1994)
Rushes     123
Rushing yards     347
Rushing TDs     20
Tackles     34.5
Pass breakups     10
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Tony Lee Burse (born April 4, 1965) is a former American football running back who played one season with the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 12th round of the 1987 NFL Draft. He played college football at Middle Tennessee State University and attended LaFayette High School in LaFayette, Georgia.[1] Burse was also a member of the Miami Dolphins, Sacramento Surge, Detroit Drive/Massachusetts Marauders, Sacramento Gold Miners/San Antonio Texans, Edmonton Eskimos, San Jose SaberCats, Buffalo Destroyers and Toronto Argonauts.

College careerEdit

Burse played for the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders from 1983 to 1986.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Burse was selected by the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL with the 324th pick in the 1987 NFL Draft. He was released by the Seahawks in August 1988.[3] He signed with the NFL's Miami Dolphins later in 1988.[4] Burse re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks on March 31, 1989. He was suspended for 30 days on August 12, 1989 for violating the league's substance abuse policy for the second time.[4] He had earlier failed a drug test during the 1988 off-season.[3] Burse was released by the Seahawks on August 16, 1989.[5] He played for the Sacramento Surge of the World League of American Football from 1991 to 1992.[6] He played for the Detroit Drive/Massachusetts Marauders of the Arena Football League (AFL) from 1993 to 1994, earring Second Team All-Arena honors in 1994.[7] Burse played for the Sacramento Gold Miners/San Antonio Texans of the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 1994 to 1995.[6] He played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL from 1996 to 1998.[6] He spent time with the San Jose SaberCats of the AFL in 1999.[8] Burse and Melvin Phillips were traded to the Buffalo Destroyers for Mark Grieb on March 12, 1999.[8] He was placed on the exempt list on October 26, 1999.[9] He played for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL in 1999.[6] Burse played for the Buffalo Destroyers in 2000.[6] He played for the Toronto Argonauts in 2000.[6] He last played for the Buffalo Destroyers in 2001.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "TONY BURSE". profootballarchives.com. http://www.profootballarchives.com/burs00200.html. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  2. "Tony Burse". totalfootballstats.com. Archived from the original on July 29, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160729150654/http://www.totalfootballstats.com/PlayerRB.asp?id=1205503. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Seahawks' Burse Fails Drug Test, Out 30 Days". Los Angeles Times. August 13, 1989. Archived from the original on January 2, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150102191011/http://articles.latimes.com/1989-08-13/sports/sp-874_1_drug-test. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Tony Burse is waived by Seattle". Walker County Messenger. August 23, 1989. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=368&dat=19890823&id=R_wyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nj8DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6840,1133038. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  5. "Names in the News". Los Angeles Times. August 17, 1989. Archived from the original on January 2, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150102194200/http://articles.latimes.com/1989-08-17/sports/sp-708_1_substance-abuse-policy. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 "Tony Burse". justsportsstats.com. http://www.justsportsstats.com/footballstatsindex.php?player_id=burseton001. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  7. "Tony Burse". arenafan.com. http://www.arenafan.com/players/?page=players&player=235&pageview=bio. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Transactions". New York Times. March 13, 1999. Archived from the original on January 2, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150102194948/http://www.nytimes.com/1999/03/13/sports/transactions-743372.html. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  9. "Transactions". New York Times. October 27, 1999. https://www.nytimes.com/1999/10/27/sports/transactions-151670.html:https://www.nytimes.com/1999/10/27/sports/transactions-151670.html. Retrieved January 2, 2015.

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