March 19, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Former Purdue two-sport standout Lawrence Burton will be inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame on April 27.
A native of Melfa, Va., Burton is a member of the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 1996.
Burton was known as "The Fastest Man of Earth" after tying the world record in the 60-meter dash and setting a world record in the 200-yard dash. He finished fourth in the 200-meter dash at 1972 Olympic Games.
Burton was a four-time Big Ten champion and two-time All-American in track. He was a football All-American, All-Big Ten honoree, Academic All-Big Ten selection and team Most Valuable Player in 1974.
He received the 1975 Big Ten Medal of Honor, was selected in the first-round (No. 7 overall) of the 1975 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints and played professionally for six seasons.