San Diego Enforcers protect public, play football

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SAN DIEGO – You wouldn’t know it by looking at them, but the 50 men in uniform for the San Diego Enforcers are actually men in uniform.

San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy Jason Burk joined the Enforcers six years ago and plays linebacker. Like his teammates, he spends his weekdays keeping others safe on his patrol in Vista.

“We’re all out there risking their lives every single day,” Burk said.  “We come out [to the football field] and let loose knowing there is no risk of losing our lives.  It’s just a matter of who’s going to win the game.”

The Enforcers play in the National Public Safety League – a league whose players work for some branch of public safety such as United States Border Patrol, San Diego County Sheriffs Department, San Diego Police Department,U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and other state and local officers.

“When I first came out here and I saw what the San Diego Enforcers were all about, how professional it was and how they carried themselves. I mean, I was stuck,” Burk said.

The team practices once a week and with players who have high school and college experience.

“This team is highly skilled,” said David King, President of the San Diego Enforcers and Special Agent Supervisor for the California Department of Justice. “Other coaches from the NFL come to see our games and they remark to me all the time that they`re very impressed with the speed and the quality of play that they see on the field.”

True to form, the Enforcers have the community in mind when they play, with all proceeds benefitting the United Cerebral Palsy.

Finishing the season 5-0, the Enforcers will play New York for the league title on Saturday at Balboa Stadium.