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George Burman

George Burman

George Robert Burman (born December 1, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American football offensive lineman and long snapper in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears, the Los Angeles Rams, and the Washington Redskins, and is credited as the NFL's first specialized long snapper — someone whose roster spot was based on the long snap, and not other positions.[1]

George Burman
No. 68, 51, 58
Born: (1942-12-01) December 1, 1942
Chicago, Illinois
Career information
Position(s)Offensive lineman, Long snapper
NFL draft1964 / Round: 15 / Pick: 210
Career history
As player
1964–1965Chicago Bears
1966–1970Los Angeles Rams
1971–1973Washington Redskins
Career stats

He played college football at Northwestern University and was drafted in the 15th round of the 1964 NFL Draft.[2] George Allen, then the head of scouting for the Chicago Bears, selected Burman, and proceeded to bring him to the Los Angeles Rams in 1966 and the Washington Redskins in 1971.

Burman began his long snapping with the Rams, working on the punts, but was still considered a backup offensive lineman. When Allen coaxed him out of retirement in the 1971 preseason to join Washington, Burman's roster spot was based on his long snap, not his offensive line play.[3] His final game was Super Bowl VII; he missed the entire 1973 season with an injury, and then retired.

Burman earned two advanced degrees from the University of Chicago and went on to become a professor at Syracuse University, where he spent two decades and 13 years as dean of the university’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management.[1]


  1. Silverstein, Jack M. (December 29, 2020). "The First Long Snapper: The untold story of George Burman". Windy City Gridiron.
  2. "George Burman Stats".
  3. "Landing page". Chicago Newsroom Multisite Network.

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