Vontaze Burfict: Humble and Rising Star

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Burfict’s value is on the rise and has posted impressive numbers through his first two season. His only downfall is that he’s been penalized and fined numerous times for his big hits. The good news is this sounds like another player who was acquired by the Bengals this offseason in James Harrison.

He had a successful career in Pittsburgh and was a great asset to the Steelers before being released for cap space reasons. If Burfict can take a page from Harrison on how to control his tackling abilities, like Harrison has this year and in his final seasons in Pittsburgh, we may  be watching one of the most promising line backers since Tekeo Spikes, or dare I say it, Reggie Williams.

While Burfict may very well find himself in this year’s NFL Pro Bowl, the humble star doesn’t care for individual accomplishments:

"“For me, I don’t think the Pro Bowl should be in the NFL,” Burfict said. “That’s an individual thing and this is not an individual sport. You’ve got 10 more guys that are out on the field with you. If I make it to the Pro Bowl, then everybody else should make it to the Pro Bowl.”"

That’s the kind of statement that represents the selflessness this team has displayed this year and for the majority of the past three years.

This week, the Bengals will face off against the Minnesota Vikings and their powerful running game, as All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson is expected to play.  Burfict will be a key in containing Peterson and the short passing-game, something they executed well in their upset-win over the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

Burfict has been a key player in many of their big games against Green Bay and New England, so there’s no reason to doubt he won’t so the same Sunday when a win would keep them above the Ravens in the standings and could clinch a playoff spot.

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