Four Questions with North Clayton coach Cap Burnett
Cap Burnett, North Clayton
1. What is the most memorable game you’ve been a part of as a player or coach? “I’d have to say the one that got me started when I was 7 years old and actually the first time putting on the pads and competing. That’s when I realized how much I loved the game. It was at Flat Shoals Park in College Park. Even back then, we were part of the North Clayton family. We were the North Clayton Eagles at the park. I was one of the smallest on the team and playing nose guard. I remember shooting the gap and getting a sack. I grabbed the quarterback by the ankles and pulled them together and pulled him down.”
2. Which high school coach would you want your son to play for, and why? “I would love for him to play for me because I actually do have a son [Cayden, age 8]. I remember when I coached my brother here at North Clayton from his freshman year on. It’s the bond, the things that we talked about off the field in the home, things I’d like to say I assisted him with, showing him the ropes. I’d love to pour that knowledge of the game into my son and see him grow not just as a player but as a man.” [Burnett’s younger brother, Morgan Burnett, is a former Georgia Tech star and current strong safety for the Green Bay Packers.]
3. What is your pet peeve as a coach or favorite saying/motto? “My pet peeve is time. I like things like practice to be on time. One of my favorite sayings, especially with dealing with boys and what they need to get done, is ’10 times out of 10.’”
4. Which GHSA policy or high school football rule would you most like to see changed? “I don’t disagree with it, but something that I had to get used to was the contact period [the GHSA’s new limits on the amount of contact that can take place in daily and weekly practices]. Coming from someone who suffered six concussions himself, I understand what they’re trying to do. But that was a big change. Tackling is key. You have to be more creative in teaching the technique when you only have 30 minutes of contact a day.” [Burnett, a North Clayton alumnus, was a free safety at the University of Georgia from 1998 to 2002. His career was cut short because of repeated concussions.]
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