Nate Burleson is a former professional wide receiver that grew up with football in his blood. At the time of his birth, Burleson’s father (Al Burleson) was playing defensive back for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Even brothers Alvin Jr. (University of Washington/Western Illinois University), Kevin (pro-basketball), and Lyndale (University of Nevada), all went on to play sports at the collegiate or pro level. In fact, Kevin and Nate Burleson are one of only two sibling duos in which one brother played for professional basketball while the other played professional football.
Burleson attended the University of Nevada. During his senior year, Burleson led the NCAA in both receiving yards and receptions per game – which led him to be named first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association. He was selected in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings with the 71st overall pick. Burleson would go on to enjoy a 11-year NFL career, playing for the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Detroit Lions. He is the only player in NFL history to have three punt returns of 90+ yards.
In May 2017, Burleson joined CBS Sports as a studio analyst for the network’s pre-game show, “The NFL Today.” He also continues to contribute to the NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” which airs Monday-Friday at 7:00 am.