Dialleo Burks

Dialleo Burks

Dialleo Burks
Georgia Force#(s) 3, 81, 88
Position(s) as player:
Wide Receiver / Linebacker

Current coach/administor position:
Special teams / Fullback / Linebacker coach

Date of birth: (1974-07-07) July 7, 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth: LaGrange, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Arena Football debut
2002 for the Dallas Desperados
Final Arena Football season
2007 for the Dallas Desperados
Career history
College: Eastern Kentucky
Undrafted in 1996
 Teams:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Current status: Retired
Organizations
 As coach:
2008 - present Georgia Force
Career highlights and awards

  • World Bowl VI champion
Selected AFL career statistics
2002 - 2007
Receptions     389
Receiving yards     4,897
Average     12.6
Receiving touchdowns     107
Tackles     47
Interceptions     7
External stats
Stats at ArenaFootball.com
Stats at ArenaFan.com
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Dialleo Burks Sr. (pronounced dee-AH-low) (born July 7, 1974 in LaGrange, Georgia) is a special teams and fullback / linebacker coach for the Georgia Force and former arena football wide receiver / defensive back for the Arena Football League. He played collegiately for Eastern Kentucky.

Burks has played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, the Carolina Panthers, Orlando Rage of the XFL, Georgia Force, Grand Rapids Rampage, and had two stints with the Dallas Desperados.

High school career

Burks attended LaGrange High School, in LaGrange, Georgia. While there he was a wide receiver, and teammate of Washington Redskins cornerback Walt Harris. Burks help LaGrange earn the #1 ranking in America by USA Today in 1991.

College career

Burks finished his collegiate career with 94 receptions for 1,430 yards (15.2 avg.) and 12 touchdowns. As a junior, he led the team with 599 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He was also a member of the schools track team, competing in the high jump. As a senior, he helped Eastern Kentucky to a 9-3 regular season record and a spot in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.[1]

Professional career

National Football League (1996 - 2001)

In 1996, Burks signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a rookie free agent but was released at the end of training camp. He was then signed to the Eagles practice squad. However he was re-signed by the Eagles to the active roster on November 22, 1996.[2] He was inactive for the final four regular season games. He was active, but did not play in Philadelphia's NFC Wild Card Game at the San Francisco 49ers. He was later released, and was out of football in 1997.

NFL Europe (1998 - 1999)

In 1998, Burks was selected in the 11th round of the NFL Europe draft by the Rhein Fire, where he recorded 13 receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns while backing up league MVP Marcus Robinson. In 1999, Burks spent the spring with the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, leading the team with 32 catches for 656 yards and five touchdowns. In the Fire's World Bowl VI win over the Frankfurt Galaxy, he had two catches for 35 yards, both for touchdowns.[3][4][5]

National Football League (1999 - 2000)

Burks then signed with the Carolina Panthers on July 13,[6] but was released at the end of training camp. He was immediately signed to the Panthers practice squad, where he remained until December 29[6] when he was signed to the active roster for the season finale against the New Orleans Saints, however he was inactive for the game.

In total, Burks was a member of the Panthers for four games, playing in one, in 2000 when he returned one kickoff for 25 yards,[7] before being waived on October 3, 1999.

XFL (2001)

In 2001, Burks played for the Orlando Rage of the XFL, helping them to an 8-2 record[8] by recording 34 receptions for 659 yards and seven touchdowns.[8] His 19.4 yard-per-catch average led the league by a yard and his touchdown total was tied for second in the league.[8] In week one of the season Burks caught three touchdown passes from Rage quarterback Jeff Brohm.[9]

Burks was signed by the Oakland Raiders on July 27, 2001.[10] But was later released. Burks was then re-signed by the Carolina Panthers on August 13, 2001.[10] He was however released on September 3, 2001.[10]

Arena Football League (2002 - 2007)

Dallas Desperados (2002 - 2003)

In 2002, Burks made the transition to arena football, by signing with the Dallas Desperados of the Arena Football League. In his rookie season, he led the team with 54 catches for 677 yards and 16 touchdowns before suffering a fractured wrist against the Indiana Firebirds that ended his season. He was placed on Injured Reserve on June 11, and underwent surgery to repair the wrist the next day.

After missing the second half of his rookie season with a broken wrist, Burks returned to the field in 2003 and set franchise single-season records in receptions (102), receiving yards (1,226) and touchdowns (28).

Georgia Force (2004 - 2005)

In 2004, Burks signed with the Georgia Force and went on to earn the team's Ironman of the Year award after making the switch from Offensive Specialist to Wide Receiver / Linebacker. He finished the year with 73 catches for 1,075 yards (second best in team single-season history) and 18 touchdowns while posting 25.5 tackles, nine pass breakups and two picks on defense and returning six kickoffs 61 yards.

In his Force debut against the Dragons, Burks caught four passes for 72 yards and recorded one tackle.[11] His 2005 season was slowed due to injury. Due to those injuries he played in only four games, recording just 18 catches for 180 yards, one tackle and one interception before being traded to the Grand Rapids Rampage. With the Force, Burks returned to health and recorded 34 receptions for 382 yards and seven touchdowns. He earned Defensive Player of the Game honors in the home opener against the New Orleans VooDoo after recording just his third career interception and a pass defensed. Burks also added three catches for 41 yards. He recorded three catches for 25 yards at the Avengers before being placed on Reserve/Injured on February 10 with a hamstring injury. Burks returned to play against the Destroyers, recording six catches for 46 yards. He added six catches for 68 yards with a tackle at the Dragons before returning to the Reserve/Injured list with the same hamstring injury.

Grand Rapids Rampage (2006)

Burks was then traded to the Rampage on March 30 in exchange for WR/LB Chris Jackson. In his first game with the Rampage, he saw limited playing time against the Nashville Kats and recorded two receptions for 20 yards. Against the Crush, he recorded season-highs with nine catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

Dallas Desperados (2006 -2007)

With the loss of Bobby Sippio in free agency, the Desperados signed Burks in the fall of 2005 to complete the starting line-up. He ranked in the top five in all career receiving categories in Dallas franchise history: receptions (fourth - 156); receiving yards (fifth - 1,904); and touchdowns (fifth - 44), when he returned to Dallas. In 2006, he finished the season with his highest number of touchdown catches (29) and his second highest totals for receptions (93) and receiving yards (1,130). He added seven runs for 20 yards and two touchdowns. He was named Player of the Game for the Desperados 55-48 win over the Las Vegas Gladiators, for his 10 catches, 114 receiving yards, four touchdown receptions, one rushing touchdown.[12][13] Then, in 2007, he finished fifth in receiving for the Desperados with 18 receptions from 243 yards, averaging 13.5 yards per reception, and nine touchdowns. He also recorded 3.5 tackles. The reason for the low total statistics is the fact that Burks returned to school, but was kept on the teams "availability list" as a precaution.[14]

Career statistics

Career Statistics Receiving
Year Team G Rec Yards Y/R TD
1996 Philadelphia Eagles 0 0 0 0 0
1998 Rhein Fire -- 13 109 8.4 2
1999 Rhein Fire -- 32 656 20.5 5
1999 Carolina Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
2000 Carolina Panthers 1 0 0 0 0
2001 Orlando Rage 10 34 659 19.4 7
2001 Oakland Raiders* 0 0 0 0 0
2002 Dallas Desperados 8 54 677 12.5 16
2003 Dallas Desperados 17 102 1,221 12.0 28
2004 Georgia Force 16 73 1,075 14.7 18
2005 Georgia Force 4 18 180 11.3 0
2005 Grand Rapids Rampage 8 34 371 10.9 7
2006 Dallas Desperados 18 92 1,130 12.3 29
2007 Dallas Desperados 5 18 243 13.5 9
Total 76 389 4,897 12.6 107
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Total stats are ONLY the Arena Football League, NOT XFL, or NFL Europe
Career Defensive Statistics
Year Team G Tack Solo Ast Sack FF FR Int Yds TD Pass Def.
1996 Philadelphia Eagles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 Rhein Fire -- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 Rhein Fire -- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 Carolina Panthers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 Carolina Panthers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 Orlando Rage 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 Oakland Raiders* 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 Dallas Desperados 11 4 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2003 Dallas Desperados 14 2 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2004 Georgia Force 12 18 3 15 0 0 0 2 38 1 8
2005 Georgia Force 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 10 0 1
2005 Grand Rapids Rampage 5 4 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
2006 Dallas Desperados 18 16 14 2 0 1 1 4 24 0 1
2007 Dallas Desperados 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 76 47 18 29 0 2 2 7 72 1 13
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Total stats are ONLY the Arena Football League, NOT XFL, or NFL Europe
Career Statistics Return Statistics
Year Team G Ret Yards Y/R TD
1996 Philadelphia Eagles 0 0 0 0 0
1998 Rhein Fire -- 0 0 0 0
1999 Rhein Fire -- 0 0 0 0
1999 Carolina Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
2000 Carolina Panthers 1 1 27 27.0 0
2001 Orlando Rage 10 0 0 0 0
2001 Oakland Raiders* 0 0 0 0 0
2002 Dallas Desperados 11 14 153 10.9 0
2003 Dallas Desperados 14 10 82 8.2 0
2004 Georgia Force 12 6 61 10.2 0
2005 Georgia Force 6 0 0 0 0
2005 Grand Rapids Rampage 5 0 0 0 0
2006 Dallas Desperados 18 6 42 7.0 1
2007 Dallas Desperados 5 22 387 17.6 1
Total 76 36 338 9.4 1
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Total stats are ONLY the Arena Football League, NOT XFL, or NFL Europe

After football

After retiring from football, Burks became the Wr's Coach for LaGrange College from 2006 up until the 2009 Season. Burks also became the Special teams and Fullback / Linebacker coach for the Georgia Force in 2008. On January 16, 2013 he was hired by Lafayette High School as Athletic Director and Head football coach in Lafayette, Alabama.

Personal life

Throughout his professional career Burks has helped support the community he played in. During his first stint with the Desperados, he served as a celebrity guest coach at the Dallas Cowboys Let Us Play! Sports Camp for underprivileged girls. He and wife Patricia have 2 daughters, Kennedy and Payton, and 2 sons, Dialleo, Jr., and Kameron

See also

References

  • Desperados hold off Gladiators, 55-48
  • Rhein Fire @ Scottish Claymores
  • Steve Thonn looks to use past success as a launching point for the 2005 Georgia Force offense by Matthew L. Kunkel GeorgiaForce.com January 14, 2005

Notes

External links

  • Desperados bio
  • Georgia Force Coaching Staff bio
  • Grand Rapids Rampage bio
  • CBSSports.com