Born: June 4, 1975 in Spiro, OK
Acquired: Signed by REDBLACKS on Feb. 4, 2014
Last season: Started all 18 games as quarterback … Completed 315 passes on 517 attempts for 3,728 with 11 touchdowns passes and 14 interceptions … Had 57 carries for 258 yards and two touchdowns … Sacked 52 times … Led the team to touchdowns on its first three possessions in franchise history, July 3 at Winnipeg … Finished the game 17-for-30 for 241 yards and two touchdown passes (Walker, Collins) … Also had two runs for 20 yards, including a 17-yard scamper … Had season-high 27 completions, 44 passing attempts and 290 passing yards July 26 at Hamilton … Also had season-high nine carries in the game for 32 yards (also a season high) … Connected on two touchdowns passes (Henry, Carter) … Threw first interception of season in the game at McMaster against the Ti-Cats (Craig Butler) … Had season-high three touchdown passes on September 21 at Saskatchewan (Miles with two, Jeremiah Johnson) … Sacked a season-high six times during the game in Regina … Did not have back-to-back games with a touchdown pass until Oct. 24 vs. Montreal and Oct. 31 vs. Hamilton … Threw a five-yard hitch to Marcus Henry for a touchdown on Oct. 24 vs. Montreal, giving him 334 career touchdown passes, moving into third overall in career touchdown passes in CFL history, behind Anthony Calvillo and Damon Allen, and ahead of Ron Lancaster
Career Highlights: Ranks fourth in all-time CFL regular season passing yardage (51,529) behind Anthony Calvillo, Damon Allen and Danny McManus … Needs 1,730 yards to overtake Danny McManus for third overall … Ranks fourth in all-time CFL regular-season touchdown passes (324) and needs nine to equal Ron Lancaster for third at 333, behind Calvillo (455) and Allen (394) … Ranks fourth in all-time CFL completions with 3,672; behind Calvillo (5,892), Allen (5,158), Ricky Ray (3,780) … Winner of two Grey Cups, both with the Calgary Stampeders in 1998 and 2008 … Named MVP of the 2008 Grey Cup, a 22-14 victory for Calgary over Montreal in a game played at Olympic Stadium (328 passing yards and 79 rushing yards) … Began 2014 season ranked 39th in all-time CFL regular-season rushing yardage (5,033) trailing Russ Jackson by a dozen yards. Among quarterbacks, only Damon Allen (11,920), Tracy Ham (8,043) Jackie Parker (5,210) and Jackson have more regular-season rushing yards, although Parker played both quarterback and running back … Only Burris and Allen have recorded over 50,000 passing yards and 5,000 rushing yards in CFL history … Won his 100th regular-season game as a CFL starting quarterback, a 37-7 win over Winnipeg on November 2, 2013 … Had a standout year in 2012 with the Ticats: had 391 completions on 604 attempts for 5,367 yards and 43 touchdowns, all career highs. The completion, passing yards and touchdown totals became all-time Hamilton records. The passing yardage and touchdowns led the CFL.
Interesting facts: Ottawa is Burris’ fourth CFL city, following Calgary (1997-1999; 2005-2011), Regina (2000; 2003-2004) and Hamilton (2012-2013) … Also with Green Bay Packers (2001), Chicago Bears (2002) and Berlin Thunder (2003) in NFL Europe … Played six games for Chicago, completing 18 of 51 passes for 207 yards with three TDs and five INTs … Had 15 rushes for 104 yards with the Bears … Played college football at Temple University, while former Ottawa Rough Riders head coach Steve Goldman served as an assistant with the Owls … Set 20 school passing records during a four-year career at Temple … Moved to Ottawa from Calgary during off-season … He and wife Nicole have two young sons: Armond and Barron … Nominee for the Tom Pate Award twice … Well-known for off-field approachability and community work