Rudy Burgess enters his second season as a graduate assistant, his first on the defensive side of the ball after working with ASU's wide receivers last season. He joined the staff prior to the 2012 season as the management intern for football after a short professional stint where he saw time in the Arena Football League, CFL and the NFL.
Burgess was one of the most versatile athletes in ASU history, having played wide receiver, tailback, cornerback, kickoff and punt returner while also throwing a touchdown pass. He became one of only 14 players in FBS history to record more than 1,000 yards in the rushing, receiving and return categories, accumulating 4,379 all-purpose yards as well as 19 total touchdowns and was the ultimate team player who would do anything the coaches asked of him, including changing his position three times.
The 2007 alumnus most recently competed on the Arizona Rattlers in the Arena Football League as a wide receiver, but saw time on the practice squads of several NFL teams and the CFL Edmonton Eskimos during his professional playing career.
Burgess and his fiancée, Brandi Lammon, have a son, Maddox, who was born on May 17, 2013.