Tough break on the field opened new door for new Tigers assistant coach

Published 12:56 pm Saturday, July 30, 2005

By By BRUCE HIXON-Sports Editor
Sometimes the most unfortunate breaks turn out to be the best ones.
When an injury sent Allen Burgess to the sidelines during his freshman season at Alabama, it opened the door for a new opportunity for him in football.
That same door has opened for Burgess once again where it has taken him to T.R. Miller High School and a spot on the Tigers football coaching staff.
The 22-year-old Burgess went to Alabama in 2001 after a highly successful prep career at Opp High School where he played quarterback and free safety.
Burgess' plans to move up the Crimson Tide's depth chart took a permanent hit in the fall of 2001 when he suffered a concussion that knocked him out of further competition.
While that was Burgess' last action as an Alabama player, it was not his final contribution. Burgess spent the next two seasons as a student coach.
Although in a different way, Burgess said the age factor will be one of his biggest adjustments at T.R. Miller.
Burgess said the overall transition has gone well.
Riggs said Burgess is a welcome addition to his staff.

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