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University of Oklahoma

Born in Nowata, Oklahoma, Kurt Burris grew up in a family of 11 children in Muskogee. He played center and linebacker at the University of Oklahoma, and led Oklahoma to a 4-year record of 35-4-2. Burris was named a consensus All-American in 1954, and was a two-time all-conference selection. He finished second to Wisconsin fullback Alan Ameche in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1954. Burris was named Player of the Year by the Helms and Citizens Savings Athletic Foundation, and Lineman of the Year by the Philadelphia Sports Writers. Burris played five years in Canada leading the Edmonton Eskimos to back-to-back Grey Cup championships, 1955, 1956. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 2000

Kurt Burris (2015)