Peyton Manning became the sixth quarterback to throw seven
touchdown passes in an NFL game on Thursday.
The honor roll reads like a who’s who: Sid Luckman, George
Blanda, Y.A. Tittle, Joe Kapp and Adrian Burk.
Luckman, Blanda and Tittle are NFL legends and Hall of Famers.
Kapp is a HOFer in his own right, too: the Canadian Football
Hall of Fame, the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, the BC Lions Wall of
Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the University of
California Athletic Hall of Fame.
Adrian Burk played for the Baltimore Colts and Philadelphia
Eagles. He threw seven of his 61 careeer TD passes in one game for
the Eagles. The career highlight came on Oct. 17, 1954, when he
threw the seven touchdown passes in a 49-21 rout of the Washington
He also was a two-time Pro Bowler, too.
to a Philly.com obit, Burk also was an oil-field worker, an
assistant college coach, a trial lawyer, a front-office executive
for the Houston Oilers, an NFL game official, and a Southern
He was a first-round draft choice of the Baltimore Colts in
1950, but the franchise folded after his rookie season, players
dispersed and Burk became an Eagle.
Burk’s legacy is greater off the field. He assisted Bud Adams in
founding the Houston Oilers of the AFL. He also is responsible for
one of the major moments in the war between the leagues, signing
Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon of LSU to a pro contract on
the field immediately after the 1960 Sugar Bowl game.
And you have probably seen Burk far more often that you would
think. He became an NFL official through the mid-1970s and was the
back judge who gave the touchdown signal on one of the most
controversial plays in NFL history: Franco Harris’ “immaculate
reception” in a 1972 playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers
and the Oakland Raiders.
Burk died in 2003 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease at