It’s not often that a trio of brothers each scores a touchdown to help lead their team to a victory.
But that is what Ryan, Brent and Chris Burgess did Sept. 20 in Chamblee’s 44-0 win over South Atlanta. The brothers contributed on offense, defense and special teams.
Ryan, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior wide receiver and safety, scored on defense with a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown. That was one of his two interceptions of the game.
Brent, a 6-foot, 180-pound junior wide receiver and linebacker, scored on offense with a 20-yard touchdown reception. He also had an interception on defense.
Brent’s twin brother Chris, a 6-foot, 200 pound tight end and linebacker, was not to be outdone by his brothers as he returned a punt 30 yards for a touchdown. It was Chris’ second touchdown of the season. The first came on a pass reception against Druid Hills.
The brothers said it felt great to contribute to the team’s win.
“We all just want to help the team win,” Ryan said. “We don’t care about individual [success]. We just try to win.”
“It’s really a team effort,” Brent added.
The Burgess brothers are the sons of Chamblee boys’ basketball head coach Caesar Burgess and his wife, Brenda. With their dad being a coach one might think it was Caesar who taught them play sports at an early age, but it was not. It was their mother.
“At 2 and 3 years old, mom was throwing us baseballs,” Ryan said.
The boys started out playing baseball and then basketball when they got a little older. They played for the basketball team at White Oak Hills Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, which was coached by their mother.
“The first time she coached us we went to the final four,” Chris said.
The brothers started playing football in fourth and fifth grade. However, when they got to high school it was mom who would not let them play football.
“We pretty much had to beg our mom to get out there because she wouldn’t let us,” Chris said. “She was scared that we would get hurt.”
Since they could not play football, Brent said he and Chris spent a lot of time in the weight room so they could get their bodies right for football.
“Our bodies weren’t fully developed for it,” he said. “Our parents didn’t think we were ready for football so we just worked out for those two years to get our bodies right for this year. We came out pretty good.”
Transitioning to football was not hard for the brothers. They said playing baseball made them good at playing the receiver position.
“Basketball helped us with quickness,” Ryan said. “So footballs came natural to us. We have our ups and downs, too, but it came natural.”
None of the brothers would not say whether one was better than the other two on the football field, but they did admit that they are competitive.
“It’s three boys in the household,” Ryan said. “Everyone wants to be the first in everything. When we were younger we thought getting into fights would hurt us. But we’re older now and it’s just making us better.”
“It made us stronger as we got older,” Brent added. “Dad also pushed us to [be competitive], making us work hard.”
“He didn’t want us to be lazy,” Chris said.
Although they compete against each other, they also make sure to motivate each other.
“If we see [Ryan] doing something that we know he can do better we’ll tell him to stop playing around and get serious,” Brent said.
“If I see them slacking, I’m for sure going to get on them,” Chris added.
The brothers are still active in baseball and basketball. Brent and Chris play for the East Cobb Astros 16U travel baseball team while Ryan is the starting point guard for the Chamblee basketball team. Although baseball is their first love, the twins have not decided whether to play baseball or football in the future.
“We’ll probably enter into the 2015 baseball draft,” Chris said. “We’re trying to figure it out.”
They are getting recruited by college baseball teams and have talked to scouts from the Braves, Dodgers, Rockies and Yankees. Ryan has not received any football scholarship offers yet but he has talked to a few schools, including Georgia Tech, East Carolina, Mississippi State, Troy State and Wake Forest.
With their futures up in the air, the boys remain focused on two things: academics and winning on the football field.
“We want to win that [state championship] ring,” Chris said.
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