Michael Burton has never been satisfied just being a football player. From West Morris to Rutgers to the NFL, he has always wanted to be a leader, a role model. Even now, Burton didn’t want to talk about signing with Chicago Bears as a free agent. He was more interested in the youth football camp he’s hosting Saturday, back home at West Morris Regional High School.
Even that event is about far more than football.
Proceeds will be donated to Mike’s Knights, Burton’s charitable initiative in partnership with the Embrace Kids Foundation. Burton started visiting hospitals as a Rutgers freshman through the nonprofit, which supports children battling cancer and their families.
“My first hope is the kids can understand it’s a great cause,” Burton, 25, said via cellphone from Chicago, where he was participating in organized team activities. “They’re not just running around and having fun. I would love them to have fun, but I want them to know the meaning behind it, why they’re out there.”
Burton did not receive a NCAA Division I scholarship offer out of West Morris, choosing to walk on at Rutgers so his family would be able to watch him play — if he earned any time. Burton wound up receiving a scholarship after his redshirt freshman season, and was voted a captain by his Scarlet Knights teammates.
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