Georgia Tech Football in the NFL: Former Jacket Morgan Burnett signs with Steelers

Former Georgia Tech football standout Morgan Burnett has signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Former Georgia Tech football star safety Morgan Burnett has found a new home. The former Yellow Jacket (2007-2009) signed a three-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, leaving the Green Bay Packers in the process. Morgan had spent the last eight seasons in Green Bay, the Packers and Morgan couldn’t come to any contract agreement leaving him as one of the top free agents entering this off season.

The former third-round pick was drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft after forgoing his senior season on The Flats. During his Georgia Tech career, Burnett earned multiple accolades including ending up on The Sporting News’s 2007 All-ACC Freshman Team, multiple 2008 All-ACC First Teams, as well as Pro Football Writers’  2009 All-American First Team squad. Throughout his three years at Tech, Burnett had 235 tackles and 14 interceptions

Burnett, quickly found himself as Green Bay’s starting strong safety entering his rookie season but tore his ACL just four games into the season.

Injuries would become a common occurrence in Burnett’s career as he’s only played two full seasons and has missed at least one game a season since 2012. With that being said, Burnett still racked up 102 career games and has started in each. In those 102 career games, Burnett has 699 career tackles, 7.5 sacks, and nine interceptions.

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Burnett will join former Yellow Jacket, Justin Thomas on the Steelers roster. The Steelers moved the former Tech quarterback to wide receiver. He failed to record any stats last season. Both Burnett and Thomas will look to help lead the Steelers to their seventh Super Bowl next season.

 

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