Saints Homecoming spotlight: A.J. Burgess |

Saints Homecoming spotlight: A.J. Burgess

A.J. Burgess is quick to give credit to his offensive line, but the Vail Christian football player is one of the key cogs in the Saints attack. Vail Christian (5-1, 5-0) is piling up the points this season with Burgess, Will Parker, Larry Cavanaugh, Chris Schmidt and the rest of an explosive offense. If the Saints win on Saturday, they will clinch the Central League title. Or in other words, a perfect ending to Burgess’ career.

Parents: Kari and Richard Gyde.

Siblings: Nigel, 13.

Future plans: “I am looking at Northeastern in Boston. I’m definitely looking out of state, mainly east coast. I’m looking at Maryland (College Park), University of Richmond.”

Favorite thing about football? “The competition.”

How good does it feel to be having a great senior season? “It feels great. We’ve had mediocre seasons since my freshman year. It’s good to finish off my high school career.”

Have you started looking ahead toward the conference title? “If we win on Saturday, we will be league champions. But if we lose, we’ll have a three-way tie for first place. But, I don’t think losing is an option.”

What’s the key to success offensively? “We are really physical. We are just a really physical team. I think as soon as we step up in the league, it will be a good test. But, so far, we’ve been more physical than all the teams we played.”

How about the job the offensive line has done this season? “We have Steil Beagley, Kelly Lowry, Dan Schramm, Ryan Berry and Kieran Hurtt. They have done a fantastic job this season. I can’t say anything bad about them. I couldn’t do my job unless they did theirs. They’ve always held up their end.”

How much do you enjoy reading the quarterback on defense? “Of course, I love doing that. Why wouldn’t I?”

Favorite food: “I like Indian food.”

Can you get good Indian food around here? “Pretty much, no. That’s the problem. You have a bar and a grill.”

If you could have any superhuman power, what would it be? “To read people’s minds.”

Favorite football memory? “I would say freshman year playing DeBuque. That was Homecoming freshman year. I think I had a good number of touchdowns. I had five and I had one called back.”

Favorite sports team? “I love the Celtics.”

Favorite player? “I like Kevin Garnett. He should have gotten the MVP last year.”

Favorite TV show? “The Discovery Channel. I can’t think of a specific show, but I love the Discovery Channel.”

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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