NFL player Terrell Burgess to run free youth camp in North County, celebrate health care workers

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At 22, Terrell Burgess has a clear sense of purpose.

“Football is my priority right now,” the NFL safety said, “but I would say I’m a humanitarian first and a football player second. I’m here to serve others.”

Celebrating health care workers and mentoring children were on Burgess’ schedule this weekend, as the Oceanside native and San Marcos High alum took a break from preparations with the Los Angeles Rams.

Burgess will run a free camp for children from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday in the football stadium at La Costa Canyon High. Along with football, the focus will be on mental health and life skills.

On Saturday, Burgess joined in a celebration of health-care workers at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside. The second-year Rams safety, who planned to sign autographs and pose for photographs, said he wanted to show his appreciation for the work done at Tri-City during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The past year-and-a-half has been a lot on everybody,” he said. He added: “I was born there so I feel good about going back 22 years later to say thank you.”

Burgess said the youth camp, in participation with stampedeelitegreen.com, is meant to be fun, but he will also speak to addressing mental health difficulties. “It’s OK to not be OK, and to always seek help,” he said.

The son of Ingrid and Tyrone Burgess, the NFL player said his actions to help others have a lot to do with his mother. “It feels good,” added Burgess, the third of four children.

On high school football fields in north San Diego County, he excelled as a receiver, safety and return man. Burgess averaged 33.6 yards on 23 kickoff returns with San Marcos and had a 99-yard return for a touchdown against rival Mission Hills. After a 45-game career with Utah, mostly at safety, the 5-foot-11, 202-pound Burgess ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds and went 104th to the Rams in the 2020 draft.

His rookie season ended with a fractured left ankle, sustained in a Week 7 game in which Burgess had five tackles against the Chicago Bears.

He said he’s moving well, and will be ready for the start of training camp next month.



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