Joe Burns – “Benevolent Baller Spotlight”

Photo Source: Joe Burns

Photo Source: Joe Burns

Joe Burns, former Buffalo Bills running back, is in the Benevolent Baller Spotlight for the month of October in CHITCHAT RUNWAY! Joe retired from the NFL in 2006 and could have faded into the background enjoying a life of leisure, but he chose a different path instead. Joe decided to give back in a powerful way by dedicating his time and resources to providing targeted support to help high school football players succeed both on and off the field; solidifying his personal legacy as not only a standout college and pro running back, but a first-rate advocate and mentor for young athletes.

Joe is the co-founder of RisingSeniors.com, a program that provides unique educational and leadership services to high school football players to support their long-term success. The RisingSeniors.com experience includes:

  • A robust 5-day program called Training Camp for Life which “includes a series of interactive sessions and seminars led by active and former NFL players” along with other partners such as the NCAA, Kaplan and the NFL Players Association. Sessions include: Financial Literacy, NCAA Compliance, SAT/ACT Test Prep and Strategies, Alternate Careers in Sports, and Choices and Consequences, just to name a few. (www.risingseniors.com)
  • The Georgia Junior Bowl which is “the first all-star game of its kind rewarding student athletes who successfully participate in our Leadership and Education program with an opportunity to play in a high school football game for juniors.” (www.risingseniors.com)

Joe also serves as President of Up Next Recruiting, an organization that provides tools and resources to assist students and their families “with the athletic recruiting process in the areas of football and men’s and women’s basketball.” (www.upnextrecruiting.com)

Way to go, Joe!

Photo Source: Joe Burns

Photo Source: Joe Burns

Background on “Benevolent Baller Spotlight” feature in CHITCHAT RUNWAY:

All too often, we’re inundated with negative images of sports figures in the press. However, I believe it’s important to add balance by showcasing athletes who actively strive to be great role models and give back to their communities. It was in this spirit that the “Benevolent Baller Spotlight” was launched.