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Burnett: 'I play it for the love of it'

A Closer Look: Morgan Burnett

Position: Safety

Experience: 9th Season

College: Georgia Tech

Twitter Handle: @MoBetta_42

Who is your football mentor or inspiration?

It was my safety coach in Green Bay, Darren Perry. He is who I call, even outside of football, things like dad advice, husband advice. He is my go-to guy. Things that go on at the safety position or around the league, that is my go to guy.

What motivates you?

My family, my two boys, M.J. and Logan, and my wife.

What has been the biggest challenge you've had to overcome?

This biggest thing, and I don't think you overcome it but you deal with it certain ways, was the passing of my dad. My dad passed away three years ago. I don't think I ever got over it, but I handled it in different ways. Sometimes I smile about it, sometimes it makes me cry. Sometimes it just pushes me to go even harder. But it would be the passing of my dad.

What scares you?

The thing that scares me is leaving this earth knowing my kids are not set, whether it's financially, physically, mentally for what the future has for them. My biggest goal is to leave this earth knowing my kids have something to fall back on and carry on.

When did you start to dream about playing in the NFL?

That dream started when I was about four years old. My brother played football, my dad played football. I was around it at a young age. It was something I dreamt about as a young kid. I would watch games, college, NFL and play and practice in the backyard.

Why do you play football?

I play it for the love of it, for the fun of it. I like the way the game challenges you every day. It's a game. You have to stay even keeled. You can't get too high with the highs or too low with the lows. It's going to challenge you every single day.

When you hear Steelers football, what do you think?

I think of winning. I think of championships.