Editor's note: This is the latest in a series of profiles of local athletes.
Dan Burrows is a jack of all trades for Haverhill High sports.
But he defies the old saying "jack of all trades, master of none.''
During the fall, he's a starting offensive lineman for the resurgent football team. In the winter, Burrows throws the shot put for long distances. In the spring he's an ace on the mound for the Hillies baseball team.
Of all three sports, the one that he enjoys the most is football.
"I've always liked football ever since I was a little kid," Burrows said. "I always dreamed of just going to Haverhill High and playing football."
His passion and leadership on the gridiron was a factor in him being voted one of the three 2012 captains by his teammates. Burrows was a versatile player a year ago, filling in at defensive line when the team was without starters Sean Cronin and Aaron Moisan. He was also noticed by his opponents. He was one of only two Haverhill football players (the other was Chance Brady) to be named a Merrimack Valley Conference All-Conference player.
The 6 foot-4 inch junior is Haverhill's best shot putter, losing only once to Lowell. Although he lost that meet, Burrows did set a personal record with a throw of more than 48 feet. He hopes to be able to throw more than 50 feet by the end of the season.
"I think I have a shot of doing that," he said. "I definitely want to try to win the MVC meet as well. I've done well in those meets so I think I've got a shot of doing that."
At the urging of his friends and fellow offensive linemen, Burrows decided to try shot putting his freshman year, after an unsuccessful foray into basketball. He immediately found he was a natural at the sport. During meets, he is able to use his big frame to gain as much of an advantage as possible.