About Us ► Board of Advisors ► Todd Burks
Todd Burks is a former NFL-CFL-AFL player, active businessman and public speaker involved in his community and national charity work. Todd’s perseverance and determination earned him a shot in the NFL. The legendary All-Pro Hall of Fame great Walter Payton realized Todd’s drive and athletic ability and endorsed him for a tryout with the Chicago Bears.
Todd was a defensive back at the University of New Haven and at the University of Central Florida, which is very telling of his athletic abilities and intelligence to play the game. Burks was one of the most driven athletes of his generation earning high praise and several awards across various sports. He was instrumental in helping his teammates elevate to new levels to the point he was inducted into his hometown Clarence High School Hall of Fame in Buffalo New York. Burks also played for the Canadian Football League, Ottawa Roughriders. His last stop in his professional football career came in the AFL with the former Miami Hooters and Florida Bobcats.
His first job after his career in football was in the classroom. Todd naturally took the lessons he learned in athletics and teamwork into the classroom in Orlando, Florida. Burks taught English and core curriculum to at risk children at XL Private Industry Council. Todd also coached football at Colonial High School in Orlando in concert with his teaching career.
Throughout Todd’s career, he learned the value of sweat equity which helped him work his way to the medical field. Todd began working for high profile companies such as Abbot Laboratories, Teva, Novartis and Biogen Idec Inc. as an Executive Area Business Manager. He has received numerous “Salesman of the Year” & “Multiple Presidents Club” awards throughout his professional pharmaceutical career. He now through underdog 34 and Associates & the Todd Burks Foundation would like to share the “secret sauce” so to speak and help corporations unlock the secret behind achieving high levels of success in in your organization with unique principles, strategies, communication, teamwork, to achieve levels of success that you can imagine or have never been able to touch!
Todd’s drive and determination both on and off the field have served as a catalyst to his success. His newest ventures, UnderDog34 and the Todd Burks Foundation, were created to help others recognize and achieve success in athletics, education but most importantly in Corporate America. He is active in NFL Alumni associations, charitable ventures and serves as a motivational speaker for youth organizations.
Todd has done many fund raisers for Multiple Sclerosis and continues to be an integral part of the Atlanta community that raises money, awareness and education on a platform of diseases.
In his spare time he enjoys volunteering his time with the Woodstock Police Department and riding with Officer Berry and Atticus of the K9 Unit. He also takes great pride in working through the NFL with Crossroads Homeless Shelter for men, women, and children.
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