Joe Burnett
Joe Burnett is a CFL
Canadian Football League
The Canadian Football League or CFL is a professional sports league located in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football, a form of gridiron football closely related to American football....

A cornerback is a member of the defensive backfield or secondary in American and Canadian football. Cornerbacks cover receivers, to defend against pass offenses and make tackles. Other members of the defensive backfield include the safeties and occasionally linebackers. The cornerback position...

 who currently plays for the Edmonton Eskimos
Edmonton Eskimos
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. He played college football for the UCF Knights
UCF Knights
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 and high school football at Eustis High School in Eustis. Burnett has also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
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College career

A record setting cornerback and returner for the University of Central Florida who was named a first-team All-American as a senior in 2008, helped UCF to its first two bowl berths (2005 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Hawaii Bowl
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, 2007 AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl
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) and the school's first ever conference championship in 2007. He earned a total of eight career All-Conference USA honors, including a four-year sweep of the first-team punt returner award. He was named Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year as a senior. He graduated in 19th place for most career punt return yards in NCAA history with 1,304. That sum is both a UCF and Conference USA record. He set the UCF record, and ranked second in C-USA history with 16 career interceptions. He also set UCF career records for most punt returns (96) and the most interception return yards (262) while tying the mark for most punt return touchdowns (3). He played in 49 career games with 46 starts. He amassed 221 career tackles (172) including 12 TFLs. He had 16 career interceptions and broke up 35 others. He also returned 96 punts for 1,304 yards (13.6 avg.) with three touchdowns and returned 26 kickoffs for 745 yards (28.7 avg.) and a pair of scored. He received his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice in December, 2008.

Awards and honors

  • First-team ESPN
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     All-American (2008)
  • First-team Sports Illustrated
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     All-American (2008)
  • First-team Conference USA
    Conference USA
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     All-Freshman (2005)
  • 4x First-team All-Conference USA
    Conference USA
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  • First-team
    College Football News
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    Freshman All-America
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    n (2005)
  • First-team FWAA
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     Freshman All-American (2005)
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     Freshman All-American (2005)
  • Third-team Sporting News Freshman All-America

Pittsburgh Steelers

Joe was drafted by the Steelers on the 32nd pick of the fifth round (168th overall). There was speculation that he would share duties in returning punts and kick returns, but the emergence of Stefan Logan
Stefan Logan
Stefan Logan is a wide receiver, running back and return specialist for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2007...

as a return specialist denied him this role. Still, Burnett was able to earn a spot on the 53-man roster due to his stellar defensive play. His final preseason statistics included 15 tackles, 4 passes defended, 1 interception, and a blocked field goal.

Burnett was released by the Steelers on September 3, 2010 in order for the Steelers to meet the 53 man roster requirement.

New York Giants

On January 5, 2011, Burnett signed a reserve/future contract with the New York Giants.

Jacksonville Sharks (2011)

Burnett signed a deal with the Jacksonville sharks hoping to play in their 2012 season

Edmonton Eskimos (2011-Present)

Joe Burnett signed a practice roster contract with the Edmonton Eskimos

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