Work is underway on a mural at the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation’s headquarters in Harrison, in honor of the football star for whom the foundation is named. 

 

A native of Harrison, Brandon Burlsworth was a walk-on player for the Arkansas Razorbacks. He quickly proved his worth as an offensive lineman, earning a scholarship in his first year. He was awarded the All-SEC offensive guard in 1997 and 1998 and was selected for the 1998 College Football All-American Team. Burlsworth was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1999 but tragically died in a car crash just 11 days later. He has since been the subject of a 2001 book, “Through the Eyes of a Champion: The Brandon Burlsworth Story,” and the 2016 movie “Greater.”

 

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The Burlsworth Foundation was founded by Burlsworth’s older brother Marty, to honor him by supporting underprivileged children through programs such as providing free eye exams and glasses, taking kids to their first Razorback game, yearly football camps, scholarships and awards. 

 

The new mural features a design laid out by Marty, depicting Brandon in different stages of his career – as a Harrison Goblin, an Arkansas Razorback and an Indianapolis Colt. It is being painted by a local Harrison artist named Ruben Drewery, owner of Buffalo Mountain Signs, who estimates that it should be completed by Aug. 20.

 

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