Despite All-American honors and selection in the First-Round of the 1973 NFL Draft (13th pick overall), a winning record on the field eluded Burgess Owens as he not only persevered but learned to thrive through a dozen losing seasons.

“You learn more than just character when you lose,” Burgess says about his twelve successive seasons of crushing disappointment. “You dig deep to find your motivation. You understand loyalty to teammates and dedication to a shared objectives, even when the wheels are coming off. You learn to be in the moment. Giving your best, regardless of the what’s happening around you. Words mean nothing. Attitude and action are everything.”

Burgess speaks passionately about the power of what he calls “patient persistence,” coming to success by the countless successes already achieved even when the scoreboard suggests otherwise.

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