Boys Varsity Football · Burlsworth Character Award Presented to David Zarate


Congratulations to Senior Football Player David Zarate for earning the Burlsworth Charater Award. Brandon Burlsworth is known as one of the greatest walk-on football players in NCAA history. He showed up as a walk-on freshman at the University of Arkansas and through hard work and dedication, earned himself a scholarship. Brandon was named to the All-SEC Academic Honor Roll and was the first football player in the history of the university to earn a Master’s degree before playing his last game. Brandon was selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the 63rd overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft, and after mini-camp, was projected by his coaches to start as a rookie. Unfortunately, Brandon was tragically killed in an automobile collision just 11 days later.

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The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation believes that our nation needs to place a higher value on character. The Burlsworth Character Award is meant to recognize outstanding character and sportsmanship, and is now a nationwide award for high school senior football players. This award honors the player who represents the ideals and values that Brandon Burlsworth had: to give 100 percent on the field and to stand as a moral example to his team. This year, as voted on by our varsity football team, in agreement with Head Coach Mike Nuño and the Grizzly Coaching Staff, our 2018 Brandon Burlsworth Character Award goes to David Zarate.

Head Coach Mike Nuño & Honoree David Zarate