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Kevin Burnett Not Making Excuses After Career-Threatening Injury

Today, Christopher Smith of Chargers.com posted a story about linebacker Kevin Burnett and his struggles with the neck injury that he sustained during last seasons pre-season finale against the San Francisco 49ers. After spending the first four years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys, Burnett came over to the Chargers in hopes of reviving his career and making a name for himself with the Bolts. However, struggles and injuries have kept him from doing so. This year, Burnett hopes to overcome all of the roadblocks in San Diego that have held him back. Here’s some of the story from Smith, and here’s the link if you wish to read the rest of it.

 Kevin Burnett doesn’t want to make excuses.The 6-foot-3, 240-pound inside linebacker admitted in a separate interview the neck injury he suffered in last year’s preseason finale against the 49ers was the scariest of his career.

But while he admitted, in general, a nagging injury often does hinder a football player, he avoided it as a justification for what was a solid season despite his physical limitations (he made 83 total tackles and 2.5 sacks in 11 games). The NFL is a bottom-line industry, he said.

“You play football. You go out there, play as hard as you can and let the chips fall where they may,” Burnett said. “You prepare, you do everything that you can do. The only thing to do is go out there and play, and that’s the easy part.”

His professional approach will not change now that fellow ILB Donald Butler will miss the season because of an unfortunate Achilles injury. Burnett already was working with the first defense, but he’ll play an important role in the middle with one less player at the position.

“I think you do everything that’s within your power every day to get ready to be the best player that you can be,” Burnett said. “If you need extra motivation, then you’re in the wrong business.”


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