Artie Burns

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Artie Burns
No. 25 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1995-05-01) May 1, 1995 (age 23)
Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami Northwestern
(Miami, Florida)
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2018
Total tackles: 129
Forced fumbles: 1
Fumble recoveries: 2
Pass deflections: 27
Interceptions: 4
Player stats at

Artie Tyrone Burns Jr. (born May 1, 1995) is an American football cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Miami.[1][2]

Early years

A native of Miami, Burns attended Miami Northwestern High School, where he played defensive back and was a teammate of current Steelers teammate wide receiver Eli Rogers, Vikings Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and Cowboys 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, 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

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 down pour, 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
Artie Burns' NFL Combine Workout
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 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]


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
Steelers draft Artie Burns 25th overall
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 Wildcard game victory over the Miami Dolphins.[22]


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 played well in 2017 and received a grade of 80.8 from Pro Football Focus. His grade ranked 44th among all cornerbacks.[25]


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]

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 2016. The University of Miami's digital department raised $40,000 through a GoFundMe account for his mother's medical expenses. Burns also has a son named A.J. with his girlfriend Ella, and has two younger brothers, Jordan and Thomas.

On February 25, 2015, his brother, Thomas Burns, committed to play football for his alma mater, the University of Miami.[27]

On June 29, 2017, Burns was arrested in Miami, Florida for driving with a suspended license. His license was suspended after he failed to pay traffic citations that added up to $1,012.[28][29]


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  2. ^ Navarro, Manny. "Miami Northwestern CB Artie Burns handles family issues on way to University of Miami". Miami Herald.
  3. ^ Fowler, Jeremy (June 6, 2016). "Extreme Adversity accelerates maturation of Steelers' Burns". Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Artie Burns is nation's top hurdler, but football comes first".
  5. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Ranking - cornerbacks 2013".
  6. ^ "New Canes recruit Artie Burns".
  7. ^ "All-USA high school track and field teams". USA Today. August 11, 2011.
  8. ^ "2012 All-USA boys and girls track teams revealed". USA Today. July 21, 2012.
  9. ^ "110m Hurdles (99.0 cm) - men - u20 - outdoor - 2012 -".
  10. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Artie Burns". Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  11. ^ Brandt, Gil (March 20, 2016). "GMs from three teams see top CB prospect at Miami's Pro Day". Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  12. ^ "Artie Burns". Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  13. ^ Fowler, Jeremy (June 8, 2016). "Steeler's Artie Burns can help family of five with $5.2 million signing bonus". Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  14. ^ Nark Kaboly (August 16, 2016). "Steelers rookie CB Burns struggles to catch up amid injury-shortened camp". Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  15. ^ "Pro football reference: Artie Burns". Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  16. ^ "Artie Burns said training camp injury was hardest part of rookie season". Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  17. ^ "Pittsburgh Steelers Vs. Baltimore Ravens: Game Recap". Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  18. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 11-2016: Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns". Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  19. ^ a b "NFL Player Profile: Artie Burns". Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  20. ^ Bryan, Dave (July 12, 2017). "Countdown To Steelers Camp: 50 In 25 Series – Artie Burns 2017 Preview". Steelers Depot. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  21. ^ Fowler, Jeremy (November 28, 2016). "Steeler's rookie CB Artie Burns looking forward to defending Odell Beckam Jr". Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  22. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 18-2016: Miami Dolphins @ Pittsburgh Steelers". Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  23. ^ "Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers - September 17th, 2017". Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  24. ^ "NFL Player stats: Artie Burns (2017)". Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  25. ^ "Pro Football Focus: Artie Burns". Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  26. ^ "Steelers drop home opener to Chiefs, 42-37". Pittsburgh Steelers. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  27. ^ " Player Profile: Thomas Burns". Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  28. ^ "Artie Burns arrested for driving on suspended license". NFL. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  29. ^ Joe Rutter (June 30, 2017). "Steelers' Artie Burns arrested, charged with driving with suspended license". Retrieved January 26, 2018.

External links

  • Pittsburgh Steelers profile
  • Miami Hurricanes profile
  • IAAF profile for Artie Burns
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