The life of former Arkansas guard Brandon Burlsworth was cut tragically short by a car accident in April of 1999, just 11 days after the Indianapolis Colts selected him in the third round of the NFL draft.
But the legacy of the former walk-on and Drew Carey doppelganger is alive and well. After his death, friends and family formed the Brandon Bulsworth Foundation, which supports “the physical and spiritual needs of children, in particular those children who have limited opportunities.”
In addition, the Burlsworth Trophy was established in 2010 to annually salute the best FBS player who started his career as a walk-on. The first two winners were Georgia Tech offensive lineman Sean Bedford (2010) and Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis (2011).
Burlsworth was a 1998 All-American and a First Team All-SEC performer in 1997 and 1998. He was also the first Arkansas football player to complete a master’s degree before his final game.
Arkansas faces Alabama — over whom Burlsworth led a 42–6 Razorbacks victory in 1998 — on Saturday. Brandon Burlsworth profile