Steven Burns
Steven Burns

Steven Burns enjoyed a fabulous four-year football career atUMass Boston, playing his first two seasons on the club level teamin the New England Collegiate Football Conference (NECFC) and hisfinal two years (1988-89) at the varsity level. In 1986 during hisfreshman year, Burns saw significant playing time as a rookie andworked his way into a starting role as a Defensive Back. Herecorded 25 tackles, 13 assists, two interceptions, and two fumblerecoveries in his first season of varsity football. Burns'sophomore campaign in 1987 was sensational, as he was often called"Mr. Offense" because of his blazing speed and instinctive ballhawking skills as a starting Cornerback. That year he returnedseveral kickoffs, punt returns, and interceptions for touchdownswhich resulted in him being awarded NECFC Player of the Week honorson three occasions. His exploits on the field allowed him to be apart of the 12- 0 New England Collegiate Football ConferenceChampions team where he earned the squad's Defensive MVP honorsafter recording 51 solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, nineinterceptions, seven returns for TD's (three kickoff returns, twopunt returns and two interception returns) while also recoveringone fumble. As a member of the 1988 NCAA varsity team, Burns had anequally impressive year finishing the season with 39 solo tackles,35 assisted tackles, three interceptions, one sack, and one fumblerecovery. In his final season in 1989, Burns finished his careerwith a terrific campaign in the UMass Boston backfield as theRoxbury native recorded 45 tackles, 11 assists, two interceptionsand one fumble recovery. Known mainly for his return skills andspeed, Burns returned 23 kicks for 520 yards, including a recordsetting 104-yard touchdown return against Curry College in 1989. Hewas named to the 1989 New England Football Conference All-Star teamand also enjoyed two semi-professional stints playing for the HydePark Cowboys in the Eastern Football League. Following his UMassBoston playing days, Burns participated in several professionaltryout sessions including one for the New England Patriots in 1994,the Professional Spring Football League in 1992 which resulted inhim being drafted by the New England Blitz, the Albany Firebirds& Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League in 1991 as wellas a World League tryout for the Orlando Thunder in 1990.