Former NFL receiver Nate Burleson is continuing his rise as a media star.
The 39-year-old Canadian has been hired as a co-host on CBS This Morning. Burleson had been a co-host on Good Morning Football and was with the show since its inception on the NFL Network in August 2016. He worked with Kay Adams, Kyle Brandt, and Peter Schrager, making him the program’s only former NFL player.
“We started this show it seems like forever ago as friends, and now five years later we’re family — truly brothers and sisters. Not just here at the table but also everybody behind the scenes, which is why this is tough to say: I’m announcing that I will be joining CBS This Morning as a host,” Burleson said live on TV Wednesday morning.
“For everybody that might 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, you will see me just not every day sitting at the table, but I will be a part of the show, I will be a part of our digital platform and our social media presence.”
“I am making a move in my career that is truly an honour, it’s rare in this business — in the analogy of football — that you get to go from one championship calibre team to another and CBS This Morning is that.”
“For those who are curious where you’ll see me, it will be on CBS This Morning five days a week, I’ll still be doing NFL Today on CBS on Sundays, I’ll still being do a little bit here on Good Morning Football and you’ll see me across the NFL Network and a little sprinkle of Nickelodeon in there as well.”
“I’ve been grinding since I left the game in 2014 and I’ve taken every opportunity as a blessing because I got into this media space because I’m creative and I didn’t want to sit at home and drive my wife crazy. It turned out that over the course of my short career in TV, that these doors have opened up year after year, and this is a door that I felt like I’m ready to walk through.”
In the 2003 NFL Draft, Burleson was selected in the third round, 71st overall by the Minnesota Vikings. He played 11 seasons in the NFL, three with Minny, four in Seattle and and his final four as a Detroit Lion. The six-foot, 198-pound pass catcher caught 457 passes for 5,630 yards and 39 touchdowns in 135 games.
Burleson’s father Al was a defensive back for seven seasons with the Calgary Stampeders and he was born in Calgary.