Nate Burleson

Former NFL Player and Sports Commentator

Nate Burleson

Nate Burleson


Nate Burleson played 11 years in the National Football League (NFL) as a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions. 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.

Burleson joined CBS Sports in May 2017 as a studio analyst for the CBS Television Network's pregame show, "The NFL Today." In addition, he contributes to CBS Sports Network's Sunday pregame show, "That Other Pregame Show." Burleson also serves as an NFL Network analyst on "Good Morning Football" and as a correspondent for the entertainment show, "Extra Extra."

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Burleson resides in New Jersey with his wife, Atoya and his three children, Nathaniel, Nehemiah and Mia Pearl.

The human race has no finish line, so we might as well run together.


Questions for Reflection

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