Michael Burdick, son of Jerry and Stephanie Burdick, is our Jet’s Pizza Male Athlete of the Week for Page High School. Burdick is a junior and a member of the football team. Burdick plays positions of both wide receiver and free safety.
Burdick began playing football because of his family. He said that sports have always been very important to them, and in turn, a priority to him as well.
He takes opposition as a form of inspiration and motivation. When asked what inspires him to train and compete, he said, “All the people who say I can’t do it or it will never happen.” He wants to prove those people wrong.
His role model is Michael Jordan due to his strength and perseverance. Burdick really admires how he pushed through and played in games no matter what condition he was in as a player.
Both Burdick’s coach and teacher had great things to say about him.
Football coach, Charles Rathbone said, “Michael is one of the most impressive individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. His passion and character are second to none.”
Dr. Pantall said, “Michael is a leader on and off the field. He is an extremely hard worker and it has been a privilege to have him as a student at Page High School.”
Although he is still unsure of where he will attend college, he plans to play football at the collegiate level wherever he ends up.