"I'm excited to play so close to home," said Burnett. "Being able to have my family and friends watch me play will be awesome."
Burnett played at Dominquez High School, after growing up in Compton. He played his college football at Tennessee. After four years with the Cowboys, as a linebacker in passing situations and special teams player, he doesn't see his role changing that much with the Chargers.
"I see them using me on third down a lot," added Burnett. "I go into every season thinking it's an open competition for a starting job."
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His one claim to fame in Dallas was his only interception, and touchdown. It came off a Peyton Manning pass in 2006, as he took it back 39 yards for the score.
"It was fun," Burnett proclaimed. "I'd like to have a few more plays like that here with the Chargers."
You can bet they feel the same way.