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Day 1: Burleson arrives at “Broadcast Boot camp”

Posted by Molly Mita on June 19, 2012 – 4:22 pm

Wide receiver Nate Burleson was one of 23 current and former players who was chosen to attend an intensive four-day broadcast boot camp in Mount Laurel, NJ. He will be filling in DetroitLions.com with his experience each day.

Day 1:

“I landed and a driver took me to the hotel. Once we got to the hotel I had about two hours to relax before I had to be downstairs for orientation so I went ahead and got a work out in. I have to break that sweat, everyday!”

“Then we went and had dinner with all of the other guys who are here for the broadcast boot camp. James Brown, from CBS is our host. We all sat in the auditorium and listened to him talk about what we were going to go through. It’s going to be a lot more than I expected. I didn’t think it was going to be a walk in the park, but it’s going to be a lot of work. They talked about diving into it head first and not being afraid to ask questions and really just utilizing the time we are being given to improve”

“They are giving us the opportunity to improve on this craft, which is speaking. They really are helping us to become better versions of ourselves. It reminds me of the first day of camp as a rookie. You are encouraged to ask questions, and just go ahead and get right into it and not be afraid to sacrifice your time. It’s almost identical to what our coaches have said to us.”

“It’s a little bit nerve-racking. I know there’s going to be a lot of work here so I  just sat down, took my notepad out and started listening.”

“Tomorrow I get to meet everyone. I’m most excited to receive criticism. As a player I’m one of the guys that has always responded really well to criticism. For me it’s motivating. I work to find flaws in my game. So this whole week I want to find as many holes and as many flaws as I can in myself so I can focus on them and get better.”

“We already were given homework assignments. We have five subjects for tomorrow. We received a packet of information on those five subjects and they will randomly pull one out of a hat, so we need to be prepared. It reminds me of college and taking a pop quiz. You have to study everything because you don’t know what’s going to be on it. I haven’t done homework in quite some time. It’s been awhile since I’ve been in school. I’m just going to mute the tv and read for a little bit.”

“We are going to do one-on-one’s with a co-host in the studio and we will have to be able to discuss one of the five subjects. I think this boot camp is really going to allow me to dive deeper and focus. Rather than just focusing on the general information it’s important to be able to spit out stats and facts. I can talk football, but knowing that information and the facts is something I need to work on. I can go on and chat about any subject but I think that the people who are really good at what they do in this business take it another step further.”

“There’s not one person I want to learn a lot from. It’s like football. You don’t want to learn everything from one person. You take pieces from a lot of individuals that you admire. Everyone has something special. So if you take a piece from every single person you can really improve.”

“I report at 7:30 tomorrow so that will be a long day but I’m excited to get into it.”


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6 Responses to “Day 1: Burleson arrives at “Broadcast Boot camp””

  1. By david on Jun 19, 2012 | Reply

    I admire you wanting to better and appreciate your hunger and drive to get better. Your a extremely loyal and talented veteran who has plenty of years in this organization left. God Bless you and your family im a big fan of you nate

  2. By Shay on Jun 19, 2012 | Reply

    Begs to ask, you do you admire in this business? From Michigan, as of recent, I’ve seen Jalen Rose turn into an outstanding broadcaster! I hope you, if that’s your goal after playing, do the same. Good luck. Work hard. And make us proud!

  3. By lks311 on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions had two big marquee FA win Schwartz and team took over, Vanden Bosch and Burleson. They may not still be on the team when the Lions finally win a Super Bowl, but they will be as big a part of victory as any player on the field that day. These guys have set the tone for the rebirth of Detroit football. Great pick-ups.

  4. By lks311 on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions had two big marquee FA targets when Schwartz and team took over, Vanden Bosch and Burleson. They may not still be on the team when the Lions finally win a Super Bowl, but they will be as big a part of victory as any player on the field that day. These guys have set the tone for the rebirth of Detroit football. Great pick-ups.

  5. By Little on Jun 27, 2012 | Reply

    Thank you for coming to our team and putting us on the map for other free-agents to follow, as long as they get the team concept like you. Thank you for producing, smiling, blocking, talking, and generally leading our team in a manner that truely represents what quality football is really about. These young guys should take your example and run with it. God bless you man, and have a career year for us, would you please!

  6. By chip A on Aug 22, 2012 | Reply

    Nate is a great recevier and would be great mentor for the young guys , hes the type of guy that makes other players better i luv the moves the lions made this off season , besides them not bkeeping Stanton i just felt he was better then HILL this league needs to quarterbacks

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