Day 4: Burleson finishes boot camp and is selected to be a guest co-host on SiriusXM NFL Radio

Posted by Molly Mita on June 23, 2012 – 2:59 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.  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.

Day 4:

“Today went great. We did our play-by-play. I was commentating and that was interesting. That was the most nerve-racking experience of the week. That’s something I never had experienced before. It was a really role reversal to commentate on what other players are doing out there and a lot fun to do.”

“It was just a one shot deal. Once I put the head set on you just go.”

“After that we networked and exchanged numbers. We had one last opportunity to get to know the staff and everyone who participated at the boot camp.  Then there was one last meeting. They announced who was awarded the opportunity to co-host the show.

“I don’t know what the criteria was but I was selected by the staff and the people from SiriusXM NFL radio to be a guest co-host on the show. I’m really excited for that it’s a big honor. I’ve been on the show before but this will be a great opportunity for me.”

“I learned a lot the past few days, I really did. One thing I learned is in order to get your point across it is better to slow down and be articulate rather than to just rush through it.”

“Second I learned to just be myself. If you’re original, authentic, and the same guy you’ve always been you give people the opportunity to like you or not. You can be the absolute best you can be but you can only be the second best version of someone else.”

“I would encourage anyone who wants to do this to submit their tapes and go through the screening process to try and get selected for this “Broadcast Boot Camp. It’s a one of a kind experience. I have to thank the NFL on what they put together. It isn’t just a bunch of people and a microphone. It’s a true boot camp. You’re well taught. It was just a really great experience.”

 


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Day 3- Burleson gets creative at “Broadcast Boot camp”

Posted by Molly Mita on June 22, 2012 – 7:22 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.  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.

Day 3:

“Today was really great. I was able to get creative and do some writing and I learned a lot from the feedback I got.”

“We did live interviews with another “Broadcast Boot camp” player. It was about the mandatory use of pads that the NFL brought down on the players for 2013. We did that at Sports Authority. That was pretty fun. We went to the local Sports Authority so we were “live on location.” What they did was act as though they were pitching the new use of pads to us. We had to take that and write our own questions.”

“I wrote my own intro and outro. That’s my thing. I love to write and get creative. It’s fun for me to tell a story in my own way. I got some great feedback on my introduction specifically on how I was able to draw my audience in. My outro I tried to be clever with. It went really good.”

“Tonight we have the whole roster of the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburg Steelers. We watch the game tomorrow and then we break down nine minutes of play-by-play. We are going to be the analysts in the studio. I’m going to have fun with that and see what angle I can speak the game through. That is something that will be new for me. I have never done play-by-play before. I was always the one playing the game.”

“The whole experience has been really interesting and a great opportunity. Tomorrow is our last day. We get out a little earlier. I don’t know what to expect but I’m excited to see how it goes.”


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Day 2: Burleson hits the studio at “Broadcast Boot camp”

Posted by Molly Mita on June 21, 2012 – 3:27 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.  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.

Day 2:

“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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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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