Burgess was the third Black American to be offered a football scholarship at the University of Miami, Coral Cable where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry and gained national recognition as a First Team All-American Defensive Back. He was inducted to the Hall of Fame of Outstanding College Athletes of America and later to the University of Miami's Hall of Fame and the Orange Bowl Ring of Honor.
As a New York Jets' First round draft choice, the NFL's 13th pick, Burgess was selected to the NFL's All- Rookie team and as the Jets Rookie of the Year. After seven years as a New York Jet, three years as Defensive Team Captain, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders. Burgess led the Raiders defensive squad in tackles during their Championship season and during the 1981 Super Bowl XV game. He led the team in interceptions his final season, in 1982, and was selected to the NFL All Pro-Bowl, as First Alternate.
Since retiring from the NFL, Burgess has worked in the corporate and entrepreneurial arenas and is now servicing the Healthcare industry, as CEO/Owner of Responsive Healthcare Solutions. He is a best selling author, a frequent contributor on the Fox News Channel and has written articles for media outlets that include Fox News Opinion, Breitbart and WorldNetDaily