Ron Burton

For the American football linebacker, see Ron Burton (linebacker).
Ron Burton
No. 22
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1936-07-25)July 25, 1936
Place of birth: Springfield, Ohio
Date of death: September 13, 2003(2003-09-13) (aged 67)
Place of death: Framingham, Massachusetts
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Northwestern
NFL Draft: 1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career AFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Ronald E. Burton (July 25, 1936 – September 13, 2003) was an American football player in the American Football League (AFL) for the Boston Patriots. He was a consensus All-American running back at Northwestern University, and is a member of the Northwestern Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame.

Playing career

Northwestern Wildcats

Burton was a star on Ara Parseghian's late 1950s Northwestern Wildcats football teams. Named all-Big Ten in 1958 and 1959, and All-America in 1959, Burton left Northwestern having broken school records for most points in a career (130), most points in a season (76), most touchdowns in a career (21). Burton led Northwestern in all-purpose yards in 1957, 1958, and 1959.

Boston Patriots

Burton was the Boston Patriots' first-ever American Football League draft choice in 1960. He was the first Patriot to rush for over 100 yards: 127 against the Denver Broncos on 23 October 1960, as well as numerous other firsts for the Patriots.[1] His 91-yard touchdown return on a missed field goal in 1962 remains a Patriot record. He compiled 1,009 combined yards in rushing and receiving in 1962, and provided strong depth at running back for the Patriots from 1960 through 1965.


In 2003, Burton died from multiple myeloma. At the time of his death, he was living in Framingham, Massachusetts.[2] His son Steve Burton is a sports reporter for WBZ-TV in Boston and a frequent guest on WEEI-FM sports radio.

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