|No. 25 Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Date of birth:||May 1, 1995|
|Place of birth:||Miami, Florida|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||197 lb (89 kg)|
|High school:||Miami (FL) Northwestern|
|NFL Draft:||2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2016|
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. He is also a world-class hurdler.
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 Rodgers, Vikings Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper. As a junior, playing safety, Burns made 80 tackles, 10 for losses. He also broke up 87 passes, caused 17 fumbles and made 22 interception. Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Burns was listed as the No. 15 cornerback prospect in his class.
He committed to Miami, where the Hurricanes hoped to pair him with Tracy Howard on the outside.
He was an All-USA high school track and field team selection by USA Today in 2011 and 2012. 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. His 110 hurdles time was the second-fastest world-wide 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). In 2014 Burns broke the American junior record in the indoor 60 meter hurdles, breaking a 38-year-old record.
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. He worked out with 12 other Miami Hurricanes in front of repersentitives from a total of 31 teams, including Steeler's 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.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 0 in||193 lb||33 1⁄4 in||9 1⁄2 in||4.46 s||1.56 s||2.63 s||4.33 s||6.96 s||33 in||10 ft 4 in||7 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine and Miami Hurricane's Pro Day|
He started the season as the third cornerback behind veterans William Gay and Ross Cockrell. On September 12, 2016, he made his professional debut against the Washington Redskins. On October 16, 2016, Burns made a season-high 5 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. Burn's was promoted to the starting nickel back 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. It was the first interception of the season by a Steeler's defensive back.
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 passed away from a sudden 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 one-year old son named A.J. with his girlfriend of three years, Ella, and has two younger brothers, Jordan, age 14, Thomas, age 16.
He plans to move his younger brothers to Pittsburgh with him full-time and has already began scouting Pittsburgh-area schools for them to attend. His brother, Thomas Burns, is already a highly sought after cornerback, receiving scholarship offers from Purdue and Miami. On February 25, 2015, his brother, Thomas Burns, commited to play football for his alma mater, the University of Miami.
- Artie Burns, of Northwestern High School, commits to play University of Miami football
- "Miami Northwestern CB Artie Burns handles family issues on way to University of Miami". miamiherald.
- Jeremy Fowler (June 6, 2016). "Extreme Adversity accelerates maturation of Steelers' Burns". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
- "Artie Burns is nation's top hurdler, but football comes first". MaxPreps.com.
- "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com Ranking - Rivals.com cornerbacks 2013".
- "New Canes recruit Artie Burns".
- "All-USA high school track and field teams". USA Today. August 11, 2011.
- "2012 All-USA boys and girls track teams revealed". USA Today. July 21, 2012.
- "110m Hurdles (99.0cm) - men - u20 - outdoor - 2012 - iaaf.org". iaaf.org.
- "NFL Draft Profile: Artie Burns". NFL.com. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
- Gil Brandt (March 20, 2016). "GMs from three teams see top CB prospect at Miami's Pro Day". NFL.com. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
- "Artie Burns". Nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
- Jeremy Fowler (June 8, 2016). "Steeler's Artie Burns can help family of five with $5.2 million signing bonus". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
- "Pro football reference: Artie Burns". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
- "Pittsburgh Steelers Vs. Baltimore Ravens: Game Recap". Retrieved November 6, 2016.
- "247sports.com Player Profile: Thomas Burns". 247sports.com. Retrieved November 5, 2016.