February 17, 2016
In 2015, Denver defenseman Christian Burgdorf forced 12 caused turnovers, including seven in the NCAA Tournament. (Cecil Copeland)
In 2015, Denver defenseman Christian Burgdorf forced 12 caused turnovers, including seven in the NCAA Tournament. (Cecil Copeland)

Give and Go: Christian Burgdorf

Lacrosse lured Denver's All-American defenseman from a baseball-loving family

by Megan Schneider | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Who is your favorite athlete?

Michael Jordan, because of the way he learned from his failures over his career, and turned his weaknesses into his strengths.

Playing in the final four with the national champion is unquestionably this defenseman's favorite moment in his lacrosse career. (Tom Kimmell)

What's the most played song on your favorite playlist?

"You Get What You Give" by the New Radicals. It's an upbeat song and a very good tune overall.

What's been the proudest moment of your career?

Playing in the final four last year. It was the main stage – an awesome place to play as part of a great team against some of the best players in the game. Because it was televised, I knew I had family and friends from all over watching.

What's on your bucket list?

I'd like to travel to Europe and back around the world with friends.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a baseball player because it was my favorite sport growing up.

What's the biggest obstacle you've overcome?

Switching from playing baseball to playing lacrosse when I was in seventh grade. My family is mostly a baseball family, so switching to lacrosse was a different scene.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

It'd be pretty cool to learn how to fly a plane.

What is your favorite inspirational quotation?

"Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinions of sheep."

What is your major?

Communications. I think it's very important the way you act around people and the way you speak in public settings.

What has been your favorite class in college?

Landmarks in Rhetorical Theory. We're learning a lot about the history of rhetoric and what these historical philosophers believed on how rhetoric was involved in our daily lives.

Portions of this interview originally appear in the February 2016 issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Join US Lacrosse today to begin receiving your copy!

What's one thing lacrosse really needs?

I think lacrosse needs to expand into more state schools and bigger conferences to continue to grow the game.

How do you prepare for a game?

I try to stick to the same routine. I throw before the game for 10-15 minutes with Pat Karole. I also like to listen to music.

Who is your role model?

Tom Brady. The way he's mentally strong, and the way he prepares for games and a long season, is something I appreciate.

What's one thing you can't live without?

Music. I can listen to it when I'm in a good mood, in a bad mood and before games. There is always a different genre that fits my mood.

What's one thing that always puts you in a good mood?

Hanging out with my friends and family. I enjoy just laughing and having a good time.

Where did you go on your last vacation?

I went to Spain with my family. We visited Madrid, Barcelona and Seville to see all of the historic landmarks.

It's 2025 — Where are you and what are you doing?

Hopefully, I'm somewhere doing something I love, and being with the people that I want to be with.

OVERTIME from Georgia Swarm forward, Ohio State grad Jesse King

If you could have anything as a pet, what would it be?

An elephant.

DOUBLE OVERTIME from Ben Thomas (@benthomas30)

What's your favorite donut?

Chocolate frosting with rainbow sprinkles.

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