Carl Burbach
Hall of Fame Enshrinee Information
Carl Burbach
Inducted: 2012

Years at Loras: 1948-1952
Sport: Football


Before the days of 300-plus pound lineman and 4,000 yard passers, there were hard-nosed and athletic young men ‘in the trenches' on the football field. They carried the same gritty reputation, but less weight. Carl Burbach was one of those tackles - happy to run you over on the football field on a Saturday afternoon and then offer to take you out to lunch on Monday.

Burbach was a part of 24 wins in his career, including three seasons above the .500 mark and some of the highest scoring teams in the program's history. At a time in the sport when 20 points or three touchdowns were rare, the Duhawk offenses accompanied by Burbach eclipsed the 20-point plateau 21 times. The team also reached an Iowa Conference playoff game in his final two seasons.

Individually, Burbach earned All-Iowa Conference first team honors. He added two other national awards to his resume during his time when he was named to two separate honorable mention teams. He was both an All United Press Little College Honorable Mention All-American and an All-Catholic Honorable Mention All-American.

Upon concluding his career, he entered the business world and was a notable local partner to many residents, delving into both charitable and civic opportunities 100%. The Dickeyville, Wisconsin native's family includes Michele, Jeffrey, Chris, Kurt, Karla, Barbara, Matthew, and Amy. Burbach continues to live in Dubuque.