Former Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson joined CBS Sports in May 2017 as a studio analyst for the CBS Television Network’s pre-game show, THE NFL TODAY, joining James Brown, Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher and Phil Simms. In addition, he will contribute to CBS Sports Network’s Sunday pre-game show, THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW (TOPS).
Burleson played 11 years in the NFL as a wide receiver. In 2003, he was drafted in the third round by the Minnesota Vikings. During his time as a Viking, Burleson reached over 1,000 receiving yards and is the only player in NFL history to have three punt returns of 90-or-more yards.
In 2006, Burleson signed with the Seattle Seahawks where he played four seasons. In 2010, he switched gears and signed a five-year contract with the Detroit Lions. In Detroit, he received the "Good Guy Award" for his positive interactions with the Detroit media.
Burleson also is known for his major impact as a player for the Nevada Wolf Pack at University of Reno, Nevada. In 2002 Burleson made 138 receptions, the second highest in NCAA history. He currently holds the WAC and Nevada all-time records for single game receptions with 19.
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Burleson resides in New Jersey with his wife, Atoya, and three children, Nathaniel, Nehemiah and Mia Pearl.
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