Name: Cody Buresh
College: Wabash College
Years Played: 4-year starter
Major: History Major, Education Minor
Highlight film link: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/411382/cody-buresh
What was the most important thing you learned during your career?
I have learned many life lessons throughout my football career, but the one that speaks most to me is to never give up. At Wabash College we live by a motto, which is “Wabash Always Fights”. I came into Wabash College not recruited at all and was hoping to get a travel spot on the team. I ended up starting my freshman year because of a teammates injury. In the second playoff game of my freshman year against North Central we were down 28 to 7 going into the 4th quarter. I forced a fumble in a key possession that changed the outcome of the game. We came back and won 29 to 28. We fought to the very end even when it seemed impossible for a comeback to happen.
This is a link to the two-point conversion to take the lead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcBUq27_FJc
Game Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJVsYImsd7o
What qualities do you possess that makes you a candidate for a professional contract?
I am an extremely hard working and team-oriented individual. I am a leader on and off the field. I understand the importance of being fully committed to success and will do what is necessary to reach the next level. My athletic ability has not peaked and I have plenty of potential for further growth.
What is or are some challenges you faced in your career and how did you overcome them?
One challenge that I have had throughout my career is not getting a chance to show my athletic ability. I was not recruited by any colleges and I ended up becoming a two time All-American when I was given the chance. After one of my teammates became injured I received a chance and flourished in that opportunity.
What or who is your inspiration. How did you come to that conclusion?
My father and mother are without a doubt my inspiration to attempt to play professional football. They have sacrificed so much time to come support me throughout my career. I thought about who has not only sacrificed the most for me to be where I am today and that is without a doubt my parents. I really appreciate how much they have done for me throughout my life. It has truly been a blessing growing up and learning from them.
What are some of the contributions you made to your previous program? What about the local community?
I was a unique type of leader for my previous program by being a big leader off of the field. I ran a bible study throughout the season for the team with nearly 20 individuals showing up regularly. It was a true joy to help individuals to grow as football players, but also as young men.
What is your best asset as an athlete and why will it make you successful at the next level?
My quickness is my best asset as a football player. I am able to use my quickness and hands to avoid the blockers extremely well. I also use my quickness to change direction and successfully make tackles.
What are your plans for a post football career?
I would like to become a high school history and football coach. I really want to make a positive influence on as many individuals as I can. There is a lack of positive male role models in today’s culture and I believe that I could be that role model that is missing in many individuals’ lives. I am actually engaged and will be married June 27, 2015. I am very excited for this opportunity and will make the most of it.
What is your fondest memory playing football?
My most memorable moment playing football was actually from my senior season in the game against the national champions Wisconsin Whitewater. We were down 10-0 and Whitewater was driving on us. The defense stuck our heels in the ground and forced them to kick a field goal. On the snap I broke through the line and successfully blocked the field goal. My younger brother, Ethan Buresh, scooped the ball up and took off for the end zone. He waited for me to catch up and make a key block to get him to the end zone for an untouched 79-yard touchdown. I will never for get this play.