That’s My Boy: La Salle’s Joe Burger
La Salle senior Joe Burger received the That’s My Boy Award last week at the the 45th annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet in Downtown Cincinnati. He is the second La Salle High School athelete to win it.
Given every year by the National Football Foundation and the Southwest Ohio Football Coaches’ Association, the award (officially the Joe Quinn That’s Our Boy Award) recognizes academic standing and community service as well as football achievement.
“I believe that at La Salle our greatest trophies are our senior football players who come to us as boys and leave as men,” said Head Varsity Coach Tom Grippa. “Joe Burger is the best and brightest of those seniors, who truly represents our LaSallian Christian values and is our top student-athlete.”
Burger, the youngest of four boys who attended La Salle High School, is the son of Bob and Felicia Burger of Monfort Heights and attends St. Ignatius Loyola parish. A linebacker, he ranks seventh in his class, is vice president of the National Honor Society, and is a member of Student Council. He is also preparing for a mission trip to Honduras.
“Joe is a distinctively excellent young man who has a genuine passion for personal success and reaches that pinnacle in all areas through the blessings of an extremely supportive family and a caring school community,” said Principal Tom Luebbe.
A multi-sport athlete, Burger also plays on La Salle’s defending state champion varsity basketball team. His athletic honors include 1st Team All-League, 1st Team All-District, 1st Team All-City and 1st Team All-State.
“Football has been a wonderful experience; it has opened many doors and opportunities for my future,” Burger said. “It has helped to develop lifelong relationships with my teammates and coaches, and it has provided me with an opportunity to represent La Salle High School as a positive example.”
LaSalle alumnus Ryan Murphy, who received the That’s My Boy Award in 1994, congratulated Burger. “I’m thrilled to welcome as well as congratulate another Lancer for winning the That’s Our Boy Award,” says Murphy — who, like Burger, began his football career at St. Ignatius Elementary School. “I can’t think of a better compliment to Joe and the entire Burger family as well as the LaSallian community.”
Of the 14 finalists for the regional award, two (Burger and Badin’s Luke Wurzelbacher) were from Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and two (Holy Cross’s Adam Kozerski and CovCath’s Evan Talkers) were from Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Covington. Highlands High School quarterback Patrick Towles won the award for Northern Kentucky. All finalists receive college scholarships.
Photos courtesy La Salle High School.