Tom Burgess - Quarterback - 1987-89, 94-95 - Colgate
excerpt Colgate Sports Hall of Fame
Tom Burgess was a two-year letter winner in football. As a senior on the 1985 squad, he was named honorable mention Associated Press All-American after setting 14 school records in passing and total offense. He finished ninth in the nation in total offense with 266.1 yards per game. Burgess also received Colgate’s Andy Kerr Trophy, given annually to the squad’s most valuable offensive player. He threw for a school-record 2,565 yards in 1985 and gained a school-record 2,927 yards of total offense.
The former Red Raider co-captain also established marks for most touchdowns responsible for in a season with 29 and most points responsible for with 182. In his final Red Raider appearance, he passed for 346 yards and three touchdowns against Boston University for the fourth best single-game effort in school history.
Following his collegiate career, Burgess had an outstanding professional career in the Canadian Football League. Burgess came to the CFL in 1986 with the Ottawa Rough Riders. After 1 season in the nation's capital Burgess moved west and arrived in Saskatchewan the same season as Mississippi grad Kent Austin. The two quarterbacks formed a competitive bond and would help shape a potent Saskatchewan attack. Splitting quarterback duties over the next 3 seasons the offence developed with the quarterbacks. The capper came in 1989 when Saskatchewan would capture it's 2nd Grey Cup in franchise history. Kent Austin was the starter down the stretch and had a terrific game in the championship. Wanting to be a #1 Burgess moved East and joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Winnipeg had a strong defence and Burgess added to the offensive side of the ball. Winnipeg would make it to the Grey Cup in 1990 and this time Burgess would play and lead the Blue Bombers to victory. He was named the Outstanding Player of the game and emerged fully from the Saskatchewan platoon. In 1991, Burgess would have another strong season with Winnipeg, only to be handily defeated by the powerhouse Toronto Argonauts in the East Final.
In 1992, Burgess joined the Ottawa Rough Riders and for a lackluster Rough Rider team he would pass the football. Over his 2 seasons in Ottawa he would throw for over 9,000 yards and 59 touchdowns. Ottawa would struggle and in 1994 Burgess rejoined the other Roughriders in 1994 for his two final seasons in pro football.
A solid pro quarterback Burgess would retire with over 30,000 passing yards and 190 touchdowns over 10 seasons a solid career.
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