Vontaze DeLeon Burfict, Jr. (pronounced VONN-tez BER-fict; born September 24, 1990) is an American football linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He attended Arizona State University. Burfict was considered the most highly ranked football prospect Arizona State ever signed to a letter of intent, but had an up-and-down career for the Sun Devils. An All-American in 2010, Burfict was projected an early first round pick for the 2012 NFL Draft on the eve of his junior season. However, a mediocre on-field performance and poor pre-draft workouts deteriorated his draft stock. Burfict eventually went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, but was later signed by the Bengals. He went on to have a productive rookie season, starting 14 games and leading the team in tackles.
- ^ http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/vontaze-burfict/941b89df-2666-4d9f-810e-9b889ba417eb/
- ^ Arizona State University Football Signs 21 Players to Letters of Intent, February 4, 2009
- ^ Bordow, Scott (August 15, 2009), "Burfict has perfect linebacker philosophy", East Valley Tribune, archived from the original on August 18, 2009
- ^ "Undrafted LB Burfict gets chance with Bengals". Yahoo! Sports. May 11, 2012.
- ^ Burfict's impact on Bengals is unmatched
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