Burgess grew up in Tallahassee, FL during a time when the barriers of segregation were being torn down. As the third African- American granted a scholarship to play football at the University of Miami, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology & Chemistry. During his college career, Burgess was named to Who’s Who among College Students in American Universities and Colleges. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Outstanding College Athletes of America and later to the University of Miami’s Hall of Fame and the Orange Bowl Ring of Honor. Following college, Burgess was the 13th player drafted in the 1st round by the NY Jets. He was selected as the Jets Rookie of the Year and chosen to play on the NFL’s All- Rookie team. He was also selected as the Defensive Team Captain for three seasons. After being traded to the Oakland Raiders, Burgess led the Raiders defensive squad in tackles on their way to the 1980 Super Bowl Championship. In 1982, his last year with the Raiders, he was selected as 1st Alternate to the NFL Pro-Bowl.
Burgess has an impressive resume – both on and off the field. Since retiring from the NFL, Burgess has devoted his time to mentoring at-risk youth. He founded Second Chance 4 Youth, a Utah based non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping troubled and incarcerated youth. Burgess is an outspoken advocate for conservative values and intends to return Utah’s 4th Congressional District back to Republicans. Burgess is a frequent Fox News contributor and is an outspoken advocate for America’s Free Market system and the opportunity it affords ALL to pursue the American Dream.