Player Profile

Eureka Tornado senior Cade Burden

This is a young man that I would of loved to either play for or coached . You will see what I mean after reading the answers Cade had for in this interview. You can tell right away he was raised to be polite and to not just think of himself. He has been through the ringer and back when it comes to his high school playing days. Dealing with major injuries since his freshman season. And Eureka hasn’t won many football games in the last four years.

#10 Cade Burden quarterback 

What are your goals this season?

Every teams goal is to win, but I would say my personal goal this year would be to enjoy it because I have only played one whole high school season without an injury . I want to enjoy these last few high school football games of my senior year that I have left.

Eureka makes a playoff run if ?

We need to win all of our district games which is something Eureka hasn’t done in a long time.

What makes you a great player?

It’s not all about me . It’s a team sport. I couldn’t do what I do without the other 10 guys on the field with me. I’m easy going and good to get along with . I lead by example. I am not a rowdy get in your face leader. I take pride in my academics and strive to make the best possible grades I can. I currently have a 4.0 GPA and a 3.6 accumulative GPA. I have an academic letter my junior year. So I believe in being a good leader and making good grades, and ultimately being a good person.

Favorite thing about playing football

My absolute favorite thing is after throwing the ball through the air watching it travel almost in slow motion as it travels toward the receiver . I can’t explain it but when the ball is thrown perfect and I just get to watch as it is placed right where it needs to be.

What is the best part of playing for the Eureka coaches?

We recently had a head coach change this past year. The assistant coaches have been here the whole time. I respect coach Nichols and he is trying to turn around our football program here at Eureka.  And I want to be a part of that change. He’s had it pretty rough this season. I mean it’s not very often that a new coach takes over and weeks later the football field and the equipment are all blown away in the tornado we had this past summer.

What are your plans after high school?

To attend college and receive a degree in Ag business. I am currently taking 4 college classes to help prepare myself for college. I would like to do something with agriculture because I’ve grown up on a ranch outside of Eureka. I have been exposed to agriculture my whole life.

Favorite thing when not playing football

I enjoy being outside whether its working or doing something with friends. I prefer to be outside doing something. I also enjoy being involved in FFA at my school. After my first ACL injury FFA was what took my mind off of football. I don’t think I would be FFA treasurer for the last two years had I not tore my ACL.

What is your best memory playing for the Tornadoes ?

My best memory would have to be my junior season that started against Chase County which was a 52-14 win. I threw for 255 yards and 4 touchdowns. That game was my most memorable game because it felt like for the first time Eureka wasn’t the team that everyone could count on beating. We continued with a win the next game against Central Heights where I once again threw for 4 touchdowns. When ultimately my junior season came to an end versus Cherryvale with an ACK injury for the second time .

Do you have any pre game rituals or something you do to prepare for a game?

I am completely quiet on the way to and from games. I guess you say it’s a ritual but I don’t like to talk much before and after games. I like to become mentally prepared before games and on the way home I like to analyze the game win or lose and decide what I need to work on the next week in practice.

Who are your role models?

Kirk Cousins , the current quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings and a devoted christian athlete.  He too has gone through struggles in his high school football career. He broke his ankle his junior year and still came back and played his senior year at a small school.

Just some after thoughts with Cade Burden 

This young man has endured not 1 but 2 ACL injuries during high school. One to each knee. He trained twice a week during the summer and attended summer weights every day to get back in shape for his senior year. I think this is a guy we can all root for no matter where you live or what school you cheer for on Fridays .  Good luck this season and with the rest of your life Cade. I know I will be rooting for you .