Sixth-round 2013 draft choice has been a strong special teams performer, and he broke through as an offensive contributor late in 2014 ... Scored first NFL TD on 10-yard rush on Dec. 14 at Cleveland ... Started at a WR spot in Wild Card playoff at Indianapolis, in part due to injuries to WR corps ... His season got off to a slow start, as he suffered knee strain on Aug. 16 in preseason game vs. N.Y. Jets, missing final two preseason games and first three regular-season games ... On roster for the full ’13 season and saw action in one game, but significant play time opportunities did not materialize as veteran HBs remained largely injury-free ... Limited as a senior at Nebraska by a knee sprain, but left as school’s No. 5 all-time rusher, scoring 35 total TDs.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in sixth round of 2013 NFL Draft (190th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-13-13.2014 highlights:Played in nine games (Games 5-6, 8-10 and 13-16), and also played in Wild Card playoff ... Rushed nine-for-27 with a TD in regular season, also logging seven catches for 49 yards and four special teams tackles ... Inactive for Games 1-3 (knee) and Games 4, 7 and 11-12 (coaches’ decision) ... On Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville, tipped a Bryan Anger punt, causing it to travel only 27 yards ... Saw first career action on offense Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville and caught two-for-10 ... Rushed four-for-12 and caught two-for-three on Nov. 6 vs. Cleveland ... Rushed two-for-one and caught three-for-36, including key 15-yard reception on third-and-11 play, on Nov. 16 at New Orleans ... On Dec. 14 at Cleveland, rushed three-for-14, including 10-yard TD rush in fourth quarter, his first NFL TD ... In Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 at Indianapolis, pressed into service to aid an injury-thinned WR corps and had a 23-yard rush on a reverse on game’s first play, and he also caught three-for-34.
2013: Played in one game as a rookie, seeing special teams action on Nov. 10 at Baltimore ... Inactive for Games 1-9 and 11-16 ... Slowed early in season by hamstring strain suffered in practice ... Played in all four preseason games, rushing 28-for-130 with one TD, and caught five passes for 39 yards.
College: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Nebraska, with 44 games played and 22 starts ... His 3329 career rushing yards included 14 games of 100 or more yards, with career rushing average of 5.2 per carry ... Knee sprain affected him for a number of games as a senior, but he recorded a 6.9-yard average on his 98 rushes and completed one of the most successful all-around careers in program history ... His 35 TDs included 30 rushing and five as a receiver ... Helped lead Cornhuskers to 39-16 record over his four seasons, and was noted for major academic and community service accomplishments.
Run to the White House: Burkhead’s commitment to community service has been personified by his friendship with nine-year-old Jack Hoffman, a cancer patient from Atkinson, Neb. Jack contacted Nebraska in 2011, asking for a Burkhead photo. Burkhead offered to meet Jack, and his involvement in their relationship led to national notice when he arranged for Jack to suit up in a Cornhusker uniform and “run for a touchdown” in the 2013 NU spring football game before a crowd of more than 60,000. President Obama responded by inviting Jack and his family to the White House, and the family included Burkhead in its party. In honor of Jack Hoffman, Burkhead has launched the Team Jack Foundation.
More on community service: In addition to his work with the Team Jack Foundation (see previous item), Burkhead is a frequent participant in Bengals and NFL community outreach activities ... He is a speaker for the NFL’s Play60 program, and his past outreach work has included team hospital visits, activity with Madonna Wheelchair Football Workshop, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and benefits for Irving (Texas) Recreation Center ... Three-time member of Nebraska’s Brook Berringer Citizenship Team, and was selected as one of Nebraska’s Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award winners in 2012 ... Chosen as one of Uplifting Athletes Champions of 2011-12, for helping place focus on helping children with rare diseases ... One of 11 FBS players named to Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, and in December 2012 he was named captain of that team.
Personal: Hometown is Plano, Texas ... Attended Plano High School, where as a senior he was a first-team Class 5A All-State selection by Associated Press ... Rushed for 1762 yards and 28 TDs as a prep senior and added 42 receptions for 594 yards and five TDs ... Rushed for 1768 yards and 29 TDs as a junior ... Earned first-team all-district honors in basketball as a junior and senior, and as a sophomore he was part of Class 5A state championship basketball team ... Graduated from Nebraska in three and a half years, with degree in history ... Has earned repeated scholar-athlete awards throughout his career, including first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2011 and 2012, and recognition as one of 15 National Football Foundation Scholar Athletes in 2012 ... Offseason residence is Dallas, Texas ... Married (wife Danielle) ... Hobbies include movies, basketball, tennis, golf, fishing and drawing.
As a true member of Bengaldom, Jack's huge win at Children's Hospital in Boston last week foreshadowed Cincinnati's massive win at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday over Boston's Patriots.
Ten days until the Bengals make final cuts and for the fourth straight year running back Cedric Peerman is on the bubble and ...
Jack Hoffman got high marks for his final assignment on the last day of first grade. Mrs. Kopecky asked her class at Atkinson West Holt Elementary what they wanted to do and to draw an accompanying picture. Like he did a few weeks before in the Nebraska spring game, Jack came up with a big finish. "Some day I want to go to a Bengals game because my best friend Rex got drafted for the Bengals."