Adrian Burk isn’t the most famous athlete to play in Philadelphia. He got his start with the Eagles during his second year after a lone season with the then-Baltimore Colts.
Aside from the 1954 NFL season, Burk couldn’t achieve a winning record in Philadelphia. His debut year with the Eagles resulted in some massively disappointing numbers. We’re talking 14 touchdowns and a league-high of 23 interceptions.
Although he upgraded his completion percentage from 36 percent with the Colts, to 42 percent with the Eagles, it was clear that Burk wasn’t the best in the league at the position. That was until, 1954, when Burk eventually turned his game around and led the NFL in touchdown passes.
During that lone winning season, Burk proved to be a solid passer for the Eagles. Unfortunately, his contributions didn’t lead to any championship success, but Burk did have some impressive personal accomplishments before hanging up his cleats and becoming an official.
He was a two-time Pro Bowler in 1954 and 1955. Despite throwing more interceptions than touchdowns in his career, Burk did have a notable game, which occurred during the 1954 NFL season. In a game against the Washington Redskins, Burk threw seven touchdown passes, which tied the record of most touchdowns thrown in a game.
Sid Luckman, George Blanda, Joe Kapp, Y.A. Tittle, Peyton Manning, Nick Foles and Drew Brees are the other seven quarterbacks to accomplish that feat. That’s the elite company for Burk’s single game of dominance. It’s just unfortunate that his career as a whole didn’t pan out as the others mentioned.