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Comeback Keenan

Keenan’s attempting an NFL comeback from this season-ending injury in 2009 (photo via here)

During the Rich Brooks’ era, a certain Kentucky wide receiver consistently stood out during his four year career and made us all believe he would enjoy a long, sustainable professional career in the NFL.  Despite only playing eight games in his first two seasons as a Cat, Keenan Burton left a lasting impact with both his receiving stats and his class’ success on the field.  Here’s his Wikipedia page recap of his statistical career:

Burton played in 45 games total in his career at Kentucky as a wide receiver and kick returner. He ranks fourth in school history in receptions, third in receiving yards, second in touchdowns, and he ranks third in all purpose yards and was the fifth player to amass over 4,000 all purpose yards

Unfortunately, Burton had a season-ending knee injury (seen above) while with the St. Louis Rams in 2009.  While Spagnuolo said they were going to “miss his leadership”, Keenan was released in September of 2010.  He has not made his way back to the NFL field in two seasons, but he did sign with a UFL team in August of 2011.

Plenty of Kentucky fans have probably been wondering what happened to Keenan.  News has come out in that past couple days that Keenan Burton is attempting a comeback, attending the Arizona Cardinals minicamp this past week (source).  While it is entirely too early to tell if this legendary Cat will actually make the team or see the field this coming season, it is great to hear that he is working hard and putting himself in a position to succeed again.

Keenan did some great stuff at UK and UofL/LSU/UGA victories and bowl game streak will always be UK football highlights.  I’ve come to learn more about Keenan in an odd way through my girlfriend and her friends — apparently his father, Ed Burton, is a legendary figure at DuPont Manual High School in Louisville (right across the street from UofL), where Keenan also went to school.  Ed is a former Morehead State athlete who works at the school and is known as a legitimately friendly and awesome guy around town.  His cult status among students caused a lot of Louisvillians to cheer for Keenan at UK.  Ed also posed for this epicly awesome picture that Keenan posted to Facebook, so he’s cool in my book:

Like a boss.  I love it.  I believe that is a young Keenan Burton, too.

We here at KSR sincerely wish Keenan the best of luck.  He gave us a lot of happy times as UK football fans, and we all know he has what it takes to be a legitimate NFL receiver.  He recently tweeted “we will see” and that he’s not sure if he will end up an Arizona Cardinal.  Regardless, we’ll always be thankful Keenan didn’t become a Louisville Cardinal.

Best of luck, Keenan.  Go Cats!

Article written by Chris Thomas

15 Comments for Comeback Keenan

  1. Shampoo
    9:52 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    That is Legendary

  2. dave
    9:58 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    did he play in 8 games in his first 2 seasons or did he play in 45 total games? pretty sure you can’t do both

  3. Duke sucks
    10:02 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    One of the classiest kids ever to play at UK. Best of Luck to him.

  4. Anonymous
    10:12 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    I’m currently a student at duPont Manual and Mr. Burton is a great guy. He drives a huge SUV which I assume Keenan bought for him. I hope Keenan the best, growing up Keenan was a huge idol for me considering he went to Manual and played at UK.

  5. jus sayin
    10:17 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    “I believe the children are our future Teach them well and let them lead the way…”

  6. Brad
    10:34 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    “Cocaine is a hell of a drug” and “Fu(k yo’ couch Charlie Murphy”
    –The late Rick James. circa 1986

  7. Dr. Wildcat
    11:23 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    I played football alongside Keenan at Manual (he was a QB/FS in high school). Class act. Never for a second thought his playing days were over. He’ll see the field soon enough.

  8. DB11
    12:34 am May 16, 2012 Permalink


  9. Isaac in San Fran
    4:32 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    I will never forget beating Male for the first time in forever with Keenan at QB! We stormed the field. Hard to believe that was a decade ago! Go Rams!!

    Isaac “Captain Crimson” Mingo, Manual class of ’03!!

  10. Go Rams
    8:32 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Also a Manual Alum from Keenan’s class, went to middle school with him (played on the basketball team, though he could basically dunk and I sat on the bench) and passed him quite often on campus at UK. Keenan is an outstanding guy, I am glad to see he is trying to make a comback. Good luck Keenan!

  11. secretagent0014
    10:45 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Keenan averaged 11 yards per catch with Rams. That’s not too shabby, I don’t see why he can’t make a team.

  12. Mudcreekmark
    12:26 pm May 16, 2012 Permalink

    I knew he got hurt but had no idea that he never made it back to the NFL. I wish him well.

  13. Jax Teller
    2:12 pm May 16, 2012 Permalink

    What? No mention of his uncle, Tim Burton. Tim’s brilliant mind brought us Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, and Batman, among others. I can’t believe you didn’t mention him Chris. #smh

  14. wayneky
    3:10 pm May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Few people knew that he was a twin, that’s his twin sister next to him.

  15. RYNO
    3:24 pm May 16, 2012 Permalink