Eight years after last playing in the NFL, Nate Burleson is still playing. CBS on Wednesday announced a new long-term deal with “The NFL Today” analyst, expanding the former wide receiver’s platform to CBS News and CBS Sports. Most notably, starting in September, Burleson will join “CBS This Morning,” the network’s flagship morning show, as a co-host alongside Gayle King and Tony Dokoupil.
Burleson, 39, has been a CBS regular since 2017, when he joined “The NFL Today,” the network’s pre-game, halftime and post-game TV show. He will continue in his role as Game Day Analyst alongside host James Brown and co-analysts Phil Simms, Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason under his new contract. From Monday to Saturday, however, he will now join King and Dokoupil on “CBS This Morning” in place of longtime reporter Anthony Mason, who will also remain with CBS.
“Nate is an extremely gifted host, interviewer and storyteller, whose deep curiosity and enthusiasm are ideal for mornings on CBS,” said Neeraj Khemlani, President and Co-Director of CBS News and Stations. “His wide range of experiences and interests – from news to sports, music to poetry and fashion to cryptocurrency – provide a unique perspective that will deepen the show’s connection with our viewers. excites audiences in every way, and we’re lucky that Nate is joining Gayle and Tony at the table in September. “
Burleson, who appeared on “CBS This Morning” as a guest host in May, will also have selected annual appearances on Nickelodeon as part of his new contract. Nickelodeon launched special kids-themed NFL coverage in 2020, including with a full playoff broadcast, with Burleson being a part of the broadcast team.
“We are delighted that Nate is expanding his role across the entire ViacomCBS family, bringing his passion for news, sports, entertainment and children’s content under one roof,” said Sean McManus, President of CBS Sports. “Nate is a very special talent with the unique ability to connect and engage with a variety of audiences, ages, journalists and athletes. We know his star will shine brightly on ‘CBS This Morning ‘and during his projects with Nickelodeon, as he continues to elevate us all to’ The NFL Today. ‘”
Burleson will also continue to play a role on the NFL Network, where he recently hosted the Emmy-nominated “Good Morning Football”. He is expected to appear on several shows, including “NFL GameDay” and “NFL Total Access,” as well as on-site coverage of Super Bow week, NFL Honors and training camp.