SSU congratulates UW’s 1st team All-American Ben Burr-Kirven

For senior University of Washington linebacker, Ben Burr-Kirven, the accolades keep coming. After a selection to the 1st team All-Conference, this week, Burr-Kirven earned a 1st team AP All-American selection.

Burr-Kirven had the most tackles for the Huskies since James Clifford in 1989. With 165 tackles he led the entire NCAA in tackles and had nearly 100 more than the next Husky. Ben has 2 interceptions, 6 passes defended, 4 forced fumbles, and a sack.

Last week, Ben won the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year and also was the conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year for football, making him the first man ever to win those two awards.

“It’s pretty crazy,” said Burr-Kirven when he was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. “It’s something I never imagined I’d get. This award seems so much. Being named after Pat Tillman and he’s from the Bay Area, it’s a really special thing I got to have happen this year.

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