Burnett’s career appears over

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson did not close the door completely on linebacker Julian Burnett’s playing career. But Burnett’s neck injury, suffered in the Sun Bowl Dec. 31, appears to have ended his career.

“Well, you need to get that statement from Julian,” Johnson said Monday, following Tech’s first spring practice. “If he’s not out here, he’s probably not going to play.”

Burnett will be placed on medical scholarship, meaning he is ineligible to play in the coming season.

“He’s a heck of a competitor and a good football player, but there’s bigger things in life than football,” Johnson said. “You’ve got to be safe.”

Burnett led the Yellow Jackets in tackles for the past two seasons, despite starting only eight games in 2010. He was named to the All-ACC second team last season after finishing fifth in the regular season in tackles.

Johnson said Burnett will remain involved with the team in some fashion.

“He’s disappointed,” Johnson said. “Like anything, you want him to play, but I think he can look at the big picture, and the team doctors and everybody sat down and talked to him and explained the situation and I think he understands.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

233 comments Add your comment

cmon son

March 26th, 2012
7:45 pm

Man I hate these types of articles! This kid had tons of potential I wish the best for him!

collegeballfan

March 26th, 2012
7:50 pm

Crying shame!

Good luck!

Ramblin Man

March 26th, 2012
7:50 pm

I wish Julian all the best in life and hate this for him. He has always been one of the hardest workers and his gameday and practice attitude will be missed. Just is not fair for a guy like him to go out like this.

ccrider

March 26th, 2012
7:51 pm

Julian, Apply yourself to getting a great degree with the same intensity you showed playing football and you will be a success in life.
All Tech Fans admire your effforts and wish you the best!

Techster

March 26th, 2012
7:55 pm

All the best, Mr. Burnett. Your competitive spirit will carry you far, no matter what path lies ahead of you. Thanks for providing us, the Tech faithful, with your very best on the gridiron! THWG!

Ghost

March 26th, 2012
8:03 pm

Very sorry to hear , but when one door closes another opens. Best of luck Julian.

FL Jacket

March 26th, 2012
8:08 pm

Julian…I say this out of great respect…

WE TRIPPY MANE!!!!!

I hope you find your path, and we have and will continue for you to be a part of the Tech family…

BLT

March 26th, 2012
8:10 pm

Get well soon Mr. Burnett! God’s speed in your recovery. Blessings

Chief Nocahoma

March 26th, 2012
8:13 pm

JB,
I hate to hear your football playing days are over. You were one of the most exciting players I’ve seen on the flats in my 48 years. You have a motor that’s always running full tilt wide freaking open. A real joy to watch and everyone that saw you play could see the heart and soul you poured into every second spent on the field. I would wish you good luck but it’s obvious to all that with you luck had nothing to do with it. You will be a success in anything you set your mind to. Find a second passion that doesn’t place your health at risk and go full tilt! Hate that you won’t play again. Look forward to seeing you on the side lines keeping the players focused on the business at hand.

George Stein

March 26th, 2012
8:17 pm

I’d love to see Julian join the team as a GA and then perhaps as a coach/recruiting guru. Most importantly, though, I hope he gets his degree and lives a long, happy life with no lingering pain or side effects of his injury.

I second FLJ. We Trippy Mane!

DoakBoyGT

March 26th, 2012
8:20 pm

Best wishes JB! Hope you keep the team motivated and keep working towards getting your degree! THWG 24/7!

ten of eleven

March 26th, 2012
8:21 pm

Add him to the loooooooooong list of Tech football players(sic) who NEVER experienced a win UGA.

Good luck on your remedial studies, Julian.

As a Dawg . . .

March 26th, 2012
8:24 pm

truly hate to hear that a such a fine player’s career is over.

George Stein

March 26th, 2012
8:24 pm

Classy. You’re a real tough guy behind your keyboard, ten of eleven.

bhamwreck

March 26th, 2012
8:26 pm

good luck Julian.

BLT

March 26th, 2012
8:29 pm

Thanks “ten of eleven” for the classless remark. By the way, that’s your Dad telling you to go to sleep.

TDone

March 26th, 2012
8:35 pm

To 10/11, you are definitely NCAA, that means, “No Class At All.”

Outside Observer

March 26th, 2012
8:37 pm

Good luck Julian. It was a pleasure watching you represent Georgia Tech.

Oh, and add ten of eleven to the looooooooong list of UGA football fans(sic) who NEVER experienced a classroom at UGA. He makes their real fans look bad with classless remarks like that.

Dawg Haus

March 26th, 2012
8:38 pm

I hate to see a talented player end his playing career on such a sad note. All the best to you in life after football, Julian! Thoughts and prayers from the Bulldog Nation.

uga91

March 26th, 2012
8:41 pm

I pray for the best for this young man. Is he related to Cap Burnett that played at Uga? Btw, 10/11 is an idiot and does not speak for real dawg fans.

5150 UOAD

March 26th, 2012
8:44 pm

A great guy and I hope he will keep the other guys fired up. Wish him the best.

gt45

March 26th, 2012
8:48 pm

Best of luck Julian. You were a real pleasure to watch. It will always be said, “Julian left it all on the field.”

UGA98

March 26th, 2012
8:53 pm

This is saddening, but the coaches are making the right call. He still has his health, and that’s not worth jeapordizing. Good luck to the young man.

UGA98

March 26th, 2012
8:54 pm

“jeopardizing”

Jacket fan in Wisconsin

March 26th, 2012
9:04 pm

Best wishes Julian. NOW you will realize that coming to Tech was the best decision you could have made. You will have a great life after football if you get your degree and put the same effort you had on the field into a career.
Thanks for staying classy UGA98……

Tech Fan Since 1950

March 26th, 2012
9:05 pm

Julian you are a great football player and I loved to see you play. The main thing now is to take care of yourself. Perhaps things might change down the road, but right now I hope you’ll continue to work on getting that Tech degree. Stay focused and best wishes to you!

Go dawgs!

March 26th, 2012
9:06 pm

Poor guy. Good luck and get your degree from a great school. Im sure this young man will be successful in life after football. Best wishes from the Dawg nation!

GTsince57

March 26th, 2012
9:08 pm

Class – (definition) – Something ten of eleven will never have.

Stumpknocker

March 26th, 2012
9:11 pm

“ten of eleven”…..you are one sick sob……….I’m a firm believer that what goes around comes around. One day you’ll remember those stupid comments.

Ol'JacketFan

March 26th, 2012
9:13 pm

I hate that this has happened to such a “leave it all” on the field player like Julian. Undersized for the classic linebacker but head and heart cannot be measured. Go forward, earn that coveted degree and in passing through the flats maybe just a little of your character as a man and player will rub off on your team mates. You are an example of what every coach and parent wants to see. God bless and my prayers are with you!

George Stein

March 26th, 2012
9:13 pm

It’s nice to see 10/11 getting drowned out by his own side.

Go dawgs!

March 26th, 2012
9:14 pm

“Ten of eleven”……. guys like you give us Dawg fans a bad rep. I love UGA football and hate GT with a passion. But you never, NEVER….. say things like that. Every fan base has their bad apples…

ten of eleven

March 26th, 2012
9:15 pm

George Stein

March 26th, 2012
9:17 pm

Ah, yes. Let’s deflect your own cowardice by pointing to the alleged atrocious behavior of another.

Try again, loser.

Springer Spaniel

March 26th, 2012
9:23 pm

I guess Aaron Murray’s numbers will look even better against Tech….. if that’s possible.

5150 UOAD

March 26th, 2012
9:25 pm

10of11 times he gets turned down by ugly fat chicks with 20 cats.

George Stein

March 26th, 2012
9:25 pm

Yeah, because that’s the lesson, Springer Spaniel. Grow up, loser.

Gorilla Biscuit

March 26th, 2012
9:32 pm

ten of eleven would probably start a fight at a funeral. Some fellas can’t handle more than a couple of Buds.

BLT

March 26th, 2012
9:32 pm

Geez, 10 of 11! That’s a huge stretch. Keep trying…
I wonder if you understand this is a sports blog and this kid suffered an injury that prevents him from doing what he loves. How about posting a link to Bookman or Wingfield? Leave a comment so we know how it relates to a kid suffering physically and psychologically.

Paddy

March 26th, 2012
9:37 pm

ten of eleven…….you are not worth the powder to blow you up. Hope someday you get an injury that will not allow you to do what you love!!! What a Maroon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BLT

March 26th, 2012
9:39 pm

Well Springer, let’s hope Murray is still good to play. Can I go on your blog and gloat about someone’s injury? Will it matter to you if it ends his career? You won’t mind me being callous? I assume it’s all good! GREAT!

Braveheart

March 26th, 2012
9:41 pm

Ten of Eleven ……. You are one seriously fk’d up dickless individual …… Sure wish you would come out from behind your keyboard and say that straight to Julian’s face. My sincere sympathies and condolences to your parents ….. in your case, I guarantee they both wish that birth control could be retroactive.

ten of eleven

March 26th, 2012
9:51 pm

You guys are seriously the most butthurt fanbase(sic) in all the land.

I mentioned the kid never beat UGA, and is highly likely not an engineering major, and you act like I wished death upon him.

I guess not being able to beat your “most important rival” is considered death to you.

ten of eleven

March 26th, 2012
9:53 pm

And you want me to “come out from behind my keyboard”??

Jason White. Ask Kenny Sugiura to confirm that. Guarantee NONE of you show up on my front door. Enjoy hiding behind YOUR keyboards.

Julian Burnett: 0-3 against the “mutts”. SUCK IT!!!!

BLT

March 26th, 2012
9:54 pm

10 of 11, there are more Dawg fans calling you a loser than Tech fans! How ’bout them Dawgs!

BLT

March 26th, 2012
9:56 pm

George Stein

March 26th, 2012
9:56 pm

What is the relevance to this post, 10/11?

Grow up already, loser.

jadams

March 26th, 2012
9:57 pm

How about an update from practice today

Supersize that order, mutt

March 26th, 2012
9:57 pm

@ ten of eleven, when even dawg fans like Ghost, Biscuit, UGA98 and other CLASSY dawgs call you down, then you can be assured that you are totally devoid of class. Take a lesson from them on how to make a classy post about an unfortunate situation. It’s trolls like you that make us Tech fans hate UGA so much. Thank God all UGA fans are not like you.

George Stein

March 26th, 2012
9:57 pm

No, we won’t show up at your door because we’re not unbalanced losers like you.