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Joe Burns considers retirement

July 2, 2007

Thomasville -- Former Thomas County Central standout running back Joe Burns was in Thomasville over the weekend, running a football camp for kids.

Burns spent the last five years of his career running the ball in the NFL, but is now thinking about walking away.

Former Georgia Tech running back Joe Burns didn't play a down for the Buffalo Bills after tearing his rotator cuff last season.

The Georgia high school player of the year in 1997 has carried the ball sparingly in five years in the NFL, and says he's considering moving on.

"I really think I'm done," says Burns. "I don't know when I'll send in my papers, but I really think I'm done."

The former Thomas County star says it's not an easy decision to make.

"You weigh all your options, and you still don't know what to do," says Burns.

Burns says he's currently working on his the next phase of his life "I'm back at Georgia Tech, taking classes," says Burns. "It's crazy. I'm one of the older guys in class. It's interesting. I actually got finals next week, so I have to get back and start studying."

With a degree soon in hand, Burns says he's hoping to continue to have an influence on kids.

"Coaching is high priority right now, so that's why I'm back in school trying to finish up my degree," says Burns. "I preach education, I preach it, so one day when a kid comes up and asks me, 'When did you get your degree?' I can tell him, instead of walking away or sliding his question off. I'm looking forward to it."

Joe Burns rushed for over 4,500 yards and 56 touchdowns in his final two seasons at Thomas County Central.

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