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  Brandon Burlsworth was 22 years old when he died on April 28, 1999. He had recently been drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round and was looking forward to beginning his professional football career following a spectacular college career as a Razorback.

Below are some notes about Brandon, his career, and his legacy:

Brandon walk-on offensive lineman at the University of Arkansas who rose to become a starter before the 1996 season; earned All-SEC honors, second-team All-America honors and was the first Arkansas player to earn a masters degree (business administration) before playing his last game; third-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts less than two weeks before his death. Died of injuries sustained in a car crash on U.S. 412 in Carrolton, Arkansas.

5-2-99: On the day he was supposed to be picking out wedding rings with his fiancee, Brandon Burlsworth was buried. A third-round draft choice last month, he was supposed to be getting ready to play for the Indianapolis Colts, blocking for Peyton Manning and opening holes for running backs. But, Burlsworth was killed in a traffic accident last Wednesday as he drove from working out at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville to his home in Harrison, a city of about 11,000. More than 1,000 mourners gathered yesterday at the Harrison High School auditorium for a memorial service.

 

 

The Harrison Youth Center in Harrison, AR was renamed the Brandon Burlsworth Youth Center in May of 1999.

The Colts wore #66 on their helmets for the 1999 season.

Brandon Burlsworth was remembered during the half-time program at Saturday's Razorback basketball game as 19 University of Arkansas students are recognized as Brandon Burlsworth Memorial Scholarship recipients.

Of the 19 scholarship recipients - each recognized for exemplifying the outstanding attributes that Burlsworth possessed - one Brandon Burlsworth Athletic Scholar will be named. The 18 academic scholars each receive a $5,000 scholarship funded by the $319,485 raised through a series of golf tournaments held last summer. In addition, $10,000 is used to fund the educational expenses of a former walk-on student athlete who subsequently earned a football scholarship.

Burlsworth, a football All-American at the University, was tragically killed on April 28, 1999, in an automobile accident while returning to his home in Harrison, Ark., from the Fayetteville campus. High moral standards and unimpeachable integrity on and off the football field characterized his life.

More than 900 participants were involved in eight Brandon Burlsworth memorial golf tournaments played in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Part of the funds raised went to the scholarships and the rest went into an endowment, bringing the total to $425,435. The ultimate goal is to build a $2 million endowment to support the Burlsworth memorial scholarships in perpetuity.

Burlsworth was a disciplined player on and off the field, one who did not drink, smoke or use foul language. He wore black horn-rimmed glasses, which became his trademark. He also became the first Arkansas player to have earned a master's degree before playing his last game. Razorback fans will remember Burlsworth for anchoring the offensive line that produced a 9-3 winning record and a trip to the Citrus bowl. On April 17, 1999, he was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of NFL draft, the 63rd selection overall.

Brandon was elected to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and the UA Letterman's Association Hall of Honor in 2004.