Vern Burke
No. 83, 84
Position:Split End, tight end
Personal information
Born: (1941-04-30) April 30, 1941 (age 82)
San Luis Obispo, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Bakersfield (CA) North
College:Oregon State
NFL draft:1963 / Round: 5 / Pick: 64
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pop Warner Trophy (1963)
  • Oregon Sports Hall of Fame (ind. 1982)
  • OSU Hall of Fame (ind. 1991)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

Vernon Eugene Burke (born April 30, 1941) is a former American football tight end who played five seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, and the New Orleans Saints.

High school career

Burke attended North High School in Bakersfield, California and starred in football.

College career

Burke attended Bakersfield College before he enrolled at Oregon State to play football. He lettered in football in 1961 and 1962, earning a spot as a first-team Consensus All-American at split end in 1962. Burke caught 69 passes for 1,007 yards, both NCAA records at the time. The Beavers finished 9–2 after a 6–0 victory over Villanova in the Liberty Bowl. The Beavers' lone touchdown in that game came on a 99-yard rushing touchdown by Beaver quarterback and 1962 Heisman Trophy winner, Terry Baker.

For his achievements in his senior season, Burke was chosen to play in the 1963 East-West Shrine Game and 1963 Hula Bowl.[1] Burke was also awarded the 1963 W.J. Voit Memorial Trophy as the outstanding football player on the Pacific Coast.

Professional career

Burke was drafted in the 5th round of the 1963 NFL Draft, the 64th pick overall, by the San Francisco 49ers. Burke did not debut in the NFL however until 1965. He later spent a year each with the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints.[2][3]


Burke was inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Oregon State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.


  1. ^ "Oregon State University Sports Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on November 20, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2008.
  2. ^ "Vern Burke". Retrieved January 4, 2008.
  3. ^ "Beavers in the Pros" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 8, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2008.