Burgess Owens – Part 2 – I Discovered the Heartland
Despite All-American honors and selection in the First-Round of the 1973 NFL Draft (13th pick overall), a winning record on the field eluded Burgess Owens as he not only persevered but learned to thrive through a dozen losing season
“You learn more than just character when you lose,” Burgess says about his twelve successive seasons of crushing disappointment. “You dig deep to find your motivation. You understand loyalty to teammates and dedication to a shared objectives, even when the wheels are coming off. You learn to be in the moment. Giving your best, regardless of the what’s happening around you. Words mean nothing. Attitude and action are everything.”
Burgess speaks passionately about the power of what he calls “patient persistence,” coming to success by the countless successes already achieved even when the scoreboard suggests otherwise.
Following college, Burgess was the 13th player drafted in the 1st round by the NY Jets. He was selected that year as the Jets’ Rookie of the Year and to the NFL’s All-Rookie team. After being traded to the Oakland Raiders, Burgess lead the Raiders defensive squad in tackles on their way to the 1980 Super Bowl Championship.
Since retiring from the NFL, Burgess has devoted his time to mentoring and improving the lives of our next generation of leaders. He founded Second Chance 4 Youth; a Utah based non-profit organization dedicated to helping troubled an incarcerated youth. Burgess is an outspoken advocate for conservative values and intends to return Utah’s 4th Congressional District back to Republicans.
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