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Former Tide staffer, Burton Burns to coach RB’s for the New York Giants

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One of the legends of Alabama football is headed to the pros. 

For 11 seasons, Burton Burns was simply known as the best running backs’ coach in college football.

He turned the Crimson Tide into “RBU” or Running Back University, producing nine 1,000-yard rushers, two Heisman Trophy winners and placing many guys into the NFL Draft. 

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Burns started with Glenn Coffee, but he would mentor Mark Ingram (Heisman winner), Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon, Kenyan Drake, Derrick Henry (Heisman winner) and Damien Harris into being successful.

The 67-year-old was one of Nick Saban’s long-tenured assistants behind five national championships and five conference titles from 2007 to 2017. 

He would transition to an administrative role in 2018, serving as the assistant athletics director for football.

Burns witnessed a sixth SEC Championship and positioned another special back to the NFL (Josh Jacobs). As an administrator, he still had a hand in recruiting players and was a fixture at practice. Even though he had one year of coaching Najee Harris, Burns’ teachings took root and the former five-star had his first career 1,000-yard season (1,224) with 13 scores in 2019. 

According to Alex Marvez of SirusXM Radio, Burns has been hired by the New York Giants as its newest running backs’ coach.

He spent 13 years at Alabama, but now he is ready to move on. 

Best wishes to Coach Burns. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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