Former Detroit Lions wide receiver and absolute rising star Nate Burleson announced on Wednesday morning that his career is taking a pretty significant left turn. Burleson will be stepping down from his current role as one of four co-hosts of NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” and joining morning news show “CBS This Morning.”
“For everybody that may be thinking I’m leaving the NFL Network, I’m not leaving the NFL Network. I’m not leaving the NFL media family. I’m not even leaving ‘Good Morning Football,’” Burleson explained. “You will see me, just not everyday sitting at the table, but I will be part of the show. I will be a part of our digital platform and our social media presence.
“But I am making a move in my career that is truly an honor. It’s rare, in this business—in an analogy of football—to go from one championship-caliber team to another, and ‘CBS This Morning’ is that.”
Ever since retiring from football in 2014, Burleson’s post-playing career has been on a meteoric rise. His infectious personality has landed him gigs as a pre-game show analyst, a correspondent on the TV show “Extra,” and he even did some live broadcasting for a game on Nickelodeon.
His latest venture should be an interesting challenge for Burleson, since it’s outside the purview of football. He will join co-hosts Gayle King and Tony Dokoupil on the CBS morning team, and is expected to join the show in September.
We obviously know Burleson from his playing days with the Lions and his charismatic speech about Detroit prior to the draft. But if his character from those days stays true, we’re sure he’ll be just fine in his new role.
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