Jim Burt seems to always be hanging around famous athletes. It's a tradition that dates back to his time in high school.
Burt went to Orchard Park High, where he was on the football team with future NFL player Craig Wolfley and future professional wrestler Larry Pfohl, who went on to fame and fortune as Lex Luger. From there it was on to the University of Miami, where he had such a good career that he ended up in the Hurricanes' Hall of Fame.
Burt wasn't taken in the NFL draft, but he signed as a free agent with the New York Giants in 1981. How many undrafted players end up in the Pro Bowl? Burt was one of the few, qualifying in 1986. And Burt won a Super Bowl ring with the Giants, helping out such players as Lawrence Taylor and Phil Simms.
The defensive lineman considered retiring after the 1988 season, but opted to play one more year with the San Francisco 49ers. He picked up another championship with the Niners in 1989.
By the way, some give Burt credit for inventing the Gatorade shower of winning coaches in 1984, soaking Bill Parcells in the process. Think that will get him to Canton?
-- Budd Bailey
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