Nate Burleson will expand his television duties this fall as the former wide receiver replaces Bart Scott on CBS’ pregame show, The NFL Today, as an analyst, the network announced on Monday.
Burleson, who played 11 seasons in the NFL, will remain as a co-host of NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, a role he’s held since the show debuted last year. He effectively supplants Scott, the former linebacker who had been on The NFL Today for the past three seasons as the cast for the show has undergone a transformation this offseason.
Burleson, 35, told USA TODAY Sports he’s ready to help The NFL Today unseat Fox NFL Sunday in the ratings.
“I’ve never joined a team to be in second or third place,” Burleson said. “We have knowledge and experience to be the best show on Sundays, and that’s not just because I’m joining (the cast). We are going to have some fun. We are going to argue. At the end of the day, we are going to hug it out like men in the locker room.”
Tony Gonzalez’s departure this offseason was followed by the addition last month of Phil Simms. Simms was replaced in the booth by former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. James Brown, Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason remain part of the show’s cast.
“We auditioned a number of different people who stood out,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told USA TODAY Sports. “Nate was among those. He’s someone who is well-versed because he already does Good Morning Football. … We have an older generation on the show already, so Nate will complement those members of the cast.”
Added Burleson: “I am bringing in a particular demographic. That’s being young, fairly fresh off the field and African-American. I think they’re excited to bring in an infant as a TV personality to join James, Coach, Boomer and Simms.”