Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Max Burdette – Pulaski football, wrestling
By Murray Gleffe
Name: Max Burdette
Activities: Football, wrestling
Parents: Sarah and Mike Burdette
Max Burdette was a senior linebacker on the Pulaski football team.
The Red Raiders advanced to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2, Level 3 playoffs – defeating West De Pere and Slinger along the way – before losing to Hartford.
Burdette accumulated more than 80 tackles this season.
During his high school career, Pulaski won more than 30 games and reached Level 2 or 3 twice.
On the wrestling mat, Burdette cracked the rotation as a freshman, winning more than 65% of his matches.
He said he’s fearless, loyal, intimidating and caring.
Burdette plans to study agriculture and play college football.
Talk about the football coaching staff at Pulaski.
“The coaching staff was amazing. Being a part of our team was special because it felt like my home away from home.”
What’s your most embarrassing football moment?
“Getting completely flipped in midair during a playoff game against Superior. A lineman came at me, and I did a complete front turn.”
Which did you prefer – grass or turf?
“I prefer turf, but I was always excited to play on grass because I knew I was going to get dirty. The only issue was my mother wasn’t too pleased having to get the stains out the next day.”
What’s the hardest part about dealing with a loss?
“Thinking about what I could have done better. A short mindset was key because I had to jump right in and prepare for the following week’s opponent.”
If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be?
“I want to make a name for myself, and maybe someday someone can look up to me.”
Was it hard for the defense to continually be in changing spots on the field?
“Each week, we (linebackers) had new key reads depending on the offense we were facing Friday night.”
How tough is it to stop the wing-T offense Pulaski runs?
“It’s hard to stop. When we went up against the offense in practice, it was almost unfair.”
Talk about your football honors.
“I am a two-time, second-team all-conference middle linebacker. I led the team in tackles my sophomore year.”
What’s a weekend out of season like for you?
“I am either hunting or fishing.”
A cruise or flying to a destination?
“Flying to a destination.”
What’s the best Green Bay Packers game you’ve watched?
“When they went to the Super Bowl and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011. I’ve been to plenty of games where they pounded the Chicago Bears.”
What are your favorite music genres?
“I listen to a wide variety. I like Metallica, 80s rock, old country and rapper Lil Wayne.”
What’s one thing you feel should be changed with helmets to keep you safe?
“The progress toward helmets being safe is on a steady path to the health and well-being of the athletes.”
Who are your favorite football players?
“Aaron Rodgers and Ray Lewis because both of them are well-respected.”
What are you looking forward to as a senior at Pulaski?
“I’m ready to wrap things up and take the next steps in life. I want to have one last normal year of high school.”
Television show: “Trailer Park Boys”
Sports editor’s note: To read the Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight on Ashwaubenon’s Aneesha Prathigudupu, CLICK HERE.