Football, inducted in 1987
To 49er fans, Burns was Superman. A 225-pound tailback, he could bench press 450 pounds and run the 40 in 4.5 seconds. He could also play football, earning first team, collegiate division All-America recognitition in 1970 and 1971. The only player ever to represent LBSU in the now defunct College All-Star game, Burns set the NCAA Division-II record for carries (35) and all-purpose plays (360) in a season. Burns, who once rushed for 300 yards in a single game, also set school-records for career carries (655), rushing yards (2809), points (304) and touchdowns (50). A first round choice of the San Diego Chargers in 1971, Burns was hampered by injuries thoughout his pro career and saw limited action with the Chargers, and St. Louis Cardinals. Burns was shot to death in an unsolved murder in December, 1985.
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Player of the Week
Smith Leads Dirtbags To Big West Championship
Senior RHP Dave Smith celebrated Senior Day at Blair Field with a career-best 8.0 innings pitched, allowing just one run in LBSU's 2-1 win over Hawai'i. With the win, the Dirtbags clinched their first Big West title since 2008, winning it outright with three games remaining.
NEXT GAME: Thursday, May 25 at Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.
LAST WEEK'S WINNER: Kemonie Briggs, Men's Track and Field