Nate Burleson

Nate Burleson

Former Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson serves as an NFL Media analyst on various programs, including "NFL Total Access."

In 2003, Burleson was drafted in the third round by the Minnesota Vikings. During his time as a Viking, Burleson reached more than 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. In 2010, Burleson switched gears and signed a five-year contract with the Detroit Lions. In Detroit, Burleson received the "Good Guy Award" for his positive interactions with the Detroit media.

Burleson is also known for his major impact as a player for the Wolf Pack at the University of Reno, Nevada. In 2002, Burleson made 138 receptions, the second highest in NCAA history. Burleson currently holds the WAC and Nevada all-time records for single-game receptions with 19 catches.

Burleson graduated from Nevada in 2002 with a B.A. in human development and family studies.


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