The Shocking Death of Football Player Brandon Burlsworth

The death of Arkansas football player Brandon Burlsworth was one of the most shocking in college football history. His story has been passed down through generations, but the events of his death are still shrouded in mystery and mythology. This article will examine the circumstances surrounding Brandon’s untimely death, as well as look at some of the unanswered questions surrounding it.


I want to start by saying that I am an enormous fan of sports and a larger fan of football. With that being said, I would never want anyone to harm in any way while playing such a sport as football. To say that I was shock when I heard about a player for Arkansas Razorbacks named Brandon Burlsworth is an understatement. This young player died at only 22 years old, far too early from his prime and from someone so passionate about such a sport as football. As we learn more about what happened leading up to his death, you will see how dangerous it is out there on that field. In life you should always prioritize your safety and well-being above all else if you are serious about your job or sport in general.

Who was Brandon Burlsworth?

Brandon Jay Burlsworth was an All-American offensive lineman who played in college at Arkansas and in the National Football League for three seasons. He spent his entire professional career with Indianapolis Colts, becoming a staple on an offensive line that blocked for some of professional football’s all-time best running backs. The soft-spoken, humble lineman earned respect from teammates and opponents alike—he once singlehandedly tackled Minnesota Vikings star defensive tackle John Randle after he launched himself off Chicago Bears cornerback Donnell Woolford’s back. The 6’3, 321-pound guard went undraft in 1995, but was invite to rookie camp by Bill Tobin—the man who had draft his older brother, Bubba.

How Did He Die?

On April 29, 1999, football player Brandon Burlsworth was kill in a car accident that took place in Warsaw, AR. He was driving along with teammate John Rushing when he hit black ice and lost control of his vehicle. The car skidded off the road and flipped multiple times before landing upside down. At only 22 years old, football player Brandon Burlsworth died at 7:30 p.m., just hours after being draft to play for NFL’s Indianapolis Colts by his mentor, Jeff George.

Why Did This Happen To Him?

It’s a tragic and complicated question with an equally complicated answer. Part of it was in his DNA. His father had died suddenly, his younger brother accidentally shot to death, and three uncles had committ suicide. Another part was that he loved football more than life itself.

Did He Ever Get To Play For The Razorbacks Or The Indianapolis Colts?

During his first year with Arkansas, his dream came true. He dressed for several games and became a starter at right guard against Tennessee-Chattanooga on October 9, 1998. At Mississippi State on November 6, he earned his first career start as an offensive lineman and helped running back De’Arrius Howard rush for a career-high 208 yards (Howard’s second 200-yard game in 1998). In 1999 he was name All-SEC by The Sporting News and Associate Press (AP) but never play again after suffering an injury during training camp before that season. His jersey number 77 was retire by Arkansas in 2000.

Did Anyone Know That This Would Happen To Him Or Could Have Helped Him Change His Path Before It Was Too Late And He Died An Unnecessary Early Death

We’ve all heard of tragedies like these on a smaller scale in other places or have even seen it ourselves. When I was growing up, there was one young man in particular who I knew who had such a hard time and just could not get ahead. He tried to hold down jobs, but he couldn’t hold them for long at all. I can still remember seeing him on his knees begging for change to buy a meal from people passing by. He would go from place to place trying to find work, but he would get turn away almost every time because he just wasn’t cut out for things like that despite trying so hard.