- Set multiple world records in the 100 meters and sprint relay events
- Was ranked as the world’s top sprinter in 1990 and 1991 after winning 19 of his 22 races in the 100 meters.
- Has served as Head Track & Field Coach at the University of Houston since 1998, adding 77 NCAA All-Americans and a combined 31 Conference Championships to the record books
- Has been named Conference USA Coach of the Year 27 times
- In recognition of his outstanding career as a world-class sprinter and collegiate coach, Burrell was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2008