Undeterred, Brandon, with the help of his struggling Mother, took a financial and emotional risk by walking on to the team in 1994. Despite criticism from teammates and coaches alike, Brandon succeeded in the face of staggering odds. His faith and unstoppable determination helped him rise to the forefront of the team; and by the end of his college career in 1999, Burlsworth was not only a star player in the toughest conference (The SEC), but he was also a 1st Team All-American. He was taken as an early NFL draft pick by the Indianapolis Colts. The overly-fat kid who was once considered an embarrassment by teammates and an annoyance by his coaches, ended up becoming the most respected player in the history of the program, changing the lives of all he touched. As amazing as Brandon's athletic achievements were, he was more known in the state for his remarkable character. An extremely devoted Christian, Brandon never cursed or drank. He was genuinely humble and low-key. He went home to see his mother every weekend. He also worked harder than anybody, on and off the field, becoming the first Razorback in history to earn a Bachelor's and Master's degree while still playing football. Eleven days after being drafted into the NFL and before he was able to sign the contract that would have changed the financial status of his struggling family forever, Brandon tragically died in a car accident on his way home from a team event. His death stunned the state and crushed everyone who knew him. How could something like that happen to this guy? Brandon was "too good to be true." He was known as the best person anybody could ever meet. He did everything right, and yet he was snatched away before he or his family could fully enjoy the fruits of his labor. Signs reading "Lord, help us understand" sprang up all over the state as people asked why bad things happen to good people.