Now a pastor in Florida, he is also famous in Akron Buchtel High and Wheaton College football history. He was a 10-letterman and All-City at Buchtel. Over the span of the 1953 and 1955 seasons, Burnham led Wheaton College to three College conferences of Illinois football championships. In his final season the 6-2 180-pound quarterback-halfback set an all-time school record with 406 yards in 55 carries for a 7.3 season average. During his Wheaton stint, he was a three-time all-conference selection and named to both the Williamson and Associated Press Little All-American teams. Burnham gave up a possible pro football career to follow the ministry in the footsteps of his father the late Rev. Carl H. Burnham.