Artie Burns
No. 21 – Seattle Seahawks
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1995-05-01) May 1, 1995 (age 27)
Miami, Florida
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school:Miami Northwestern
(Miami, Florida)
College:Miami (FL) (2013–2015)
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Tackles:172
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:2
Pass deflections:33
Interceptions:4
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Artie Tyrone Burns Jr. (born May 1, 1995) is an American football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Miami,[1][2] and was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Early years

A native of Miami, Burns attended Miami Northwestern High School, where he played defensive back and was a teammate of former Steelers teammate wide receiver Eli Rogers, Dolphins quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper.[3] As a junior, playing safety, Burns made 80 tackles, 10 for losses. He also broke up 87 passes, caused 17 fumbles, and made 22 interceptions.[4] Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Burns was listed as the No. 15 cornerback prospect in his class.[5]

He committed to Miami, where the Hurricanes hoped to pair him with Tracy Howard on the outside.[6]

He was an All-USA high school track and field team selection by USA Today in 2011 and 2012.[7][8] At the 2011 USA Youth outdoor track and field championships, Burns won both the 110-meter hurdles (13.90), and the 400-meter hurdles (52.23). At the 2012 Bob Hayes Invitational, Burns broke records in the 110 hurdles (13.35) and the 300 (36.14), both originally set by Michael Timpson in 1985.[4] His 110 hurdles time was the second-fastest worldwide by a youth athlete in 2012, behind only Wilhem Belocian's 13.29 at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Barcelona. In 2012 Burns had the No. 5 time in the World (No. 1 in USA) in the 110-meter hurdles amongst junior athletes (under 20).[9] In 2014 Burns broke the American junior record in the indoor 60-meter hurdles, breaking a 38-year-old record.

College career

College statistics

Defense
Year Team GP Tackles For Loss Passes Def Int FF
2013 Miami 9 17 0.5 3 1 1
2014 Miami 13 40 2.0 6 0 0
2015 Miami 12 36 0.5 5 6 0
College Totals 34 93 3.0 14 7 1

Professional career

Coming out of the University of Miami, Burns was projected by analysts to be a first or second round pick. He attended the NFL Combine but was unable to complete all the drills after suffering a knee injury. He stood on his combine numbers at the Miami Hurricane's Pro Day, but chose to redo the vertical and added two inches while completing the other drills he was unable to perform at the combine.[10] He worked out with 12 other Miami Hurricanes in front of representatives from a total of 31 teams, including Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin. Although his Pro Day numbers were hampered by a torrential downpour, he was able to proceed and complete his drills. After his workout, general managers from three teams commented that he is a top cornerback prospect.[11]

External video
video icon Artie Burns' NFL Combine Workout
Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 11+78 in
(1.83 m)
193 lb
(88 kg)
33+14 in
(0.84 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.46 s 1.56 s 2.63 s 4.33 s 6.96 s 33 in
(0.84 m)
10 ft 4 in
(3.15 m)
7 reps
All values from NFL Combine and Miami Hurricane's Pro Day[12]

Pittsburgh Steelers

2016

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Burns in the first round with the 25th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was the first cornerback selected by the Steelers in the first round since Chad Scott was selected 24th overall in 1997 NFL Draft.

External video
video icon Steelers draft Artie Burns 25th overall
video icon 2017 NFL Draft: Artie Burns' Highlights

On June 8, 2016, the Steelers signed him to a four-year, $9.59 million rookie contract with a $5.17 million signing bonus.[13]

Burns was expected to compete against Ross Cockrell and Senquez Golson for the role as the second cornerback in training camp. His development was delayed after suffering a strained quad that limited his participation in training camp and caused him to miss the first three preseason games.[14] He started the season as the third cornerback behind veterans William Gay and Ross Cockrell. Safety Sean Davis was designated the starting nickelback for the start of the season. On September 12, 2016, he made his professional debut against the Washington Redskins. On October 16, 2016, Burns made a season-high five solo tackles during a 15–30 loss to the Miami Dolphins. The following game, he made four solo tackles during a loss against the New England Patriots.[15] Burns was promoted to the starting nickelback position for the sixth game of the season after fellow rookie Sean Davis played in the slot for the first five games.

On November 6, 2016, Burns started his first career game against the Baltimore Ravens and intercepted a pass by Joe Flacco in the first quarter.[16] He was named the starter over William Gay and his interception was the first of any Steelers defensive back of the season.[17] The following game, Burns recorded six combined tackles in a 35-30 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. In a Week 11 matchup with the Cleveland Browns, he made three solo tackles and intercepted Cody Kessler on the Brown's first drive, helping the Pittsburgh Steelers win 24-9.[18] On December 4, 2016, Burns recorded a season-high six solo tackles and an assisted tackle during a 24-14 win over the New York Giants. The next game, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Buffalo Bills and Burns made three solo tackles and intercepted Tyrod Taylor for his third pick of the season. On January 1, 2017, he racked up a season-high eight combined tackles and deflected a pass as the Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns 27-24.[19]

He finished his rookie season with a total of 65 combined tackles, 13 pass deflections, and three interceptions in 16 games and nine starts. He also played 810 out of 1,046 defensive snaps.[20] Burns started the last seven games of the season as the Steelers' outside cornerback opposite Ross Cockrell, with veteran William Gay covering the slot.[21] On January 8, 2017, Burns started in his first career postseason game and recorded three solo tackles and one assist in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 30-12 AFC Wild Card Round victory over the Miami Dolphins.[22]

2017

Burns was named the starting cornerback to begin the regular season, along with newly acquired free agent Joe Haden. Burns started the Pittsburgh Steeler's season-opening 21-18 victory over the Cleveland Browns and recorded three combined tackles.[19] In Week 2, Burns made three combined tackles, deflected a pass, and recovered a fumble by wide receiver Adam Thielen in the fourth quarter of the 26–9 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.[23] On October 29, 2017, Burns recorded a season-high nine combined tackles as the Steelers defeated the Detroit Lions 20-15. On December 25, 2017, he made two combined tackles, a pass deflection, and made his only interception of the season on a pass attempt by Houston Texans' quarterback Tom Savage as the Steelers won 34-6. Burns finished the 2017 season with 54 combined tackles (47 solo), 13 pass deflections, a fumble recovery, and an interception in 16 games and 16 starts.[24] Burns received a grade of 70.5 from Pro Football Focus. His grade ranked 44th among all cornerbacks.[25]

2018

In Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Burns recorded his first career safety when he tackled Kareem Hunt in the endzone in the 42–37 loss.[26] Overall, Burns played in all 16 games and started six.[27] He recorded 22 total tackles, one pass defensed, and one forced fumble.[28]

2019

On May 1, 2019, the Steelers declined the fifth-year option on Burns' contract, making him a free agent in 2020.[29]

Chicago Bears

Burns signed with the Chicago Bears on March 26, 2020.[30] On August 18, 2020, Burns was carted off the field after suffering a torn ACL and was ruled out for the season.[31] He was placed on injured reserve two days later.[32]

On March 26, 2021, Burns re-signed with the Bears.[33]

Seattle Seahawks

Burns signed with the Seattle Seahawks on March 18, 2022.[34]

Personal life

Burns was born to Artie Tyrone Burns and Dana Smith and was raised in Miami, Florida. On October 24, 2006, his father was arrested in South Carolina for trafficking cocaine and was sentenced to 25-years in prison. His father's projected release date is May 24, 2027. His mother died from a heart attack at the age of 44 in October 2015. The University of Miami's digital department raised $40,000 through a GoFundMe account for his mother's medical expenses. Burns also has two sons, A.J. and Saint Cairo, with his girlfriend Ella, and has two younger brothers, Jordan and Thomas. In 2017 he became engaged to Ella on a yacht in Miami but they never seemed to get married following the proposal.

On February 25, 2015, his brother, Thomas Burns, committed to play football for his alma mater, the University of Miami.[35]

On June 29, 2017, Burns was arrested in Miami, Florida, for driving while his license was suspended for failure to pay traffic citations.[36][37]

References

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