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Colts Remember Dead Draft Pick

September 12, 1999

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The Indianapolis Colts on Sunday remembered Brandon Burlsworth, the team’s third-round draft pick who died in a traffic crash before he could take his place in their offensive line.

At halftime of the team’s season-opener against Buffalo, Colts owners Jim and Meg Irsay presented Burlsworth’s family and Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles with checks for $5,000 each. One check will go to Burlsworth’s former high school for its scholarship fund and the other was presented to Arkansas, his alma mater.

The Colts also announced all members of the team will have a special decal on their helmets in a tribute to Burlsworth.

Burlsworth, who began his college career as a walk-on and became a standout offensive lineman for the Razorbacks, was killed in a traffic accident April 28 while driving from the campus to his family’s home. The accident came less than two weeks after the Colts selected him and shortly after he had participated in the team’s minicamp, where coaches tabbed his as a potential starter at guard.

At Arkansas, the former Harrison High School player became a three-year starter and finished as an All-Southeastern Conference pick and a second-team All-American. He was the first pick in the third round, the 63rd overall selection.

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