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. At the end of Day 4 Burleson earned a guest co-hosting spot on SiriusXM NFL Radio this season. He filled DetroitLions.com in after each day.
“We kicked it up a notch with a little bit more active stuff. We did some in-studio work with actual anchors. I had to talk about Weeden vs. McCoy and who should play in Cleveland. I did that with Kirk Nancy. It went good. I got some great criticism about the pace and fluctuation and locating the camera. They really want us to engage the audience.”
“James Brown actually came up to me afterwards and patted me on the back. He told me I was doing a great job and if I take this seriously I could have a great future in this career. That was the highlight of this week so far.
He just pulled me aside when I was sitting down with some of the other guys. He pulled me around the corner and kind of sought me out and wanted to mention that to me. That really had me beaming the last 24 hours.”
“Tonight for homework we have five topics to choose from and we have to write a 30-60 second news update to run on a teleprompter. I am writing mine on Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles. Specifically on the injuries that they had and when to expect them back. You write what you want to write and then people will help trim it down and make it clutter-free. I’m excited. Just to be able to read your own words and just knowing the cadence of your words makes a big difference.”
“It’s been interesting because they didn’t just say this is what it’s like to be a sports analyst. They are giving every single side of broadcasting to you- sports analysis, live-reporting, play-by-play, some guys are good at certain things and some guys are good at everything. They’re really giving us the opportunity to find out what we’re interested in, it’s really fun.”
“I actually am nervous in front of the camera. I try not to show it but it’s the same with football. I get nervous before every game.”
“I find out each day how similar football and broadcasting are. We are finding out our strengths and weaknesses and building on our strengths. They keep saying repetition is key and that’s the same with football. The more you practice the better you become. We are striving for excellence.”
“We chase perfection knowing it’s unattainable, but we will settle for excellence.”
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