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Written by: Billy Splain on Sunday, August 22nd, 2021
Tommy Burke III
Leechburg Blue Devils
Class Of: 2022
Ht: 5’9 – Wt: 165
Other Sports: Baseball and basketball
Honorable Mention DB and First Team All Section Outfielder
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Why do you play football?
I play football because I love the game. Growing up and hearing stories about my family playing football made me want to play football. I started playing when I was five and never looked back since.
Who is your favorite sports star and why?
I would have to say Kyler Murray. He’s proving to everyone that you don’t have to be tall to be a successful quarterback.
Do you have a favorite play you remember the most? Explain:
Probably my pick six against Greensburg Central Catholic last season.
What are your goals for this coming season?
My goal for this year is to have a winning record and for the team to make playoffs for the first time since 1989.
What is your favorite Pro team, any sport?
The Pittsburgh Steelers
What game, yours, college or pro, was your favorite game and why?
My favorite game was when I got my first varsity start at quarterback during my Sophomore year. I threw the game winning touchdown pass.
What sports movie would you watch every day if you had to pick one and why?
Remember the Titans. I love the story behind the movie, love watching the games, and the music in the movie.
If your mom and dad are screaming at you from the stands, what is it they usually yell?
Name a sport you’d love to play but can’t:
Is there anyone in your family, besides your parents, you could consider your biggest fan? Who, Why?
I would have to say my Pap Pap. Although he passed away back in 2016, he was always at every game of mine. He was also a quarterback growing up, so he would help me practice when I was younger.
When you aren’t playing, practicing or training for sports, what is your go to activity and why?
Since I’m always so busy with sports, I like spending my off time with family and friends.
What is your favorite football memory to date?
When I played youth football for KVL, we played the Woodland Hills Wolverines. I was playing cornerback and the offense was pushed back on their goal line. When the ball was snapped I tackled the running back, stripped the ball, and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown.
What is your favorite play to run?
Pretty much any pass play.
What scares you the most?
Flying in an airplane.
Music of choice?
I would say a mix of Rap and Classic Rock.
What was your favorite gift as a little boy? Why?
My blowup Superman costume. Growing up, I loved Superman, I wanted to be just like him. I wore that costume, even to the grocery store with my grandma.
What restaurant is your go to when you need a big meal?
Which one? Sheetz or Wawa
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