Many of you know our car accident attorney, but few may be familiar with his famous father. George “Trigger” Burke was a legendary basketball star at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) in the mid-1950’s. He was the first player ever to lead UMass in both scoring and assists in the same season.
A 1956 second-team All American selection, he was also named first team All-East, first team All-New England, firm team All-Yankee Conference, and first team All-Boston Garden. His jersey number #32 is retired and hanging from the rafters of the Mullins Center, shared with fellow UMass legend Julius Erving. He was honored for his college heroics by being inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. After college, he played for the Boston Celtics.
After playing professional basketball, he still enjoys a successful law career. He was the former acting mayor of the City of Quincy (near Boston), a Massachusetts State Rep., and District Attorney of Norfolk County, Mass. He will be celebrating his 80th birthday this summer and remains a basketball legend at his alma mater.