Vontaze Burfict: An indestructible force of justice

Andy Lyons

With the opening of RoboCop in a couple of weeks, we ask, who is the most indestructible force of justice. The answer isn't really that difficult.

If you were to compile a list of Bengals players that are often mistaken for high-tech robots hell-bent on justice and domination, how can linebacker Vontaze Burfict not be at the top of that epic list?

Burfict led the NFL with 171 tackles -- the team counted 204, nearly 100 more than second-place Rey Maualuga (110). At the end of the season, Burfict led the team with eight tackles-for-loss on running plays (8), adding three quarterback sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery that was returned for a touchdown (against the Cleveland Browns).

He's the first Bengals linebacker since Jim LeClair (1976) to earn a Pro Bowl nod, where he posted an interception against Andrew Luck. Additionally Burfict is only the third linebacker in franchise history, to reach a professional football all-star game, joining LeClair and Bill Bergey in the '69 AFC All-Star game.

Think you can hurt him? Not likely.

Burfict suffered an ankle sprain on the Friday heading into the game against the San Diego Chargers in early December. The team listed him as questionable but it appeared unlikely that he'd play. His pregame workout wasn't even that good, with one observer noting that Burfict was "favoring his ankle a fair amount".

Marvin Lewis asked Burfict how he felt following warmups Sunday. According to the 23-year-old linebacker, he could sense Lewis’ doubt.

"He was second-guessing himself," Burfict recounted. "I said, ‘Just trust me.’ "

Lewis did. And as has been the case since Burfict stepped foot in Cincinnati, he made his coach look like a genius.

Lewis did.

Burfict went on to lead the team with 13 tackles, adding a pass defensed and two quarterback pressures.

"I'd buy that for a dollar".

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cincy Jungle

You must be a member of Cincy Jungle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cincy Jungle. You should read them.

Join Cincy Jungle

You must be a member of Cincy Jungle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cincy Jungle. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker