Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/14/14
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Anyone who follows the Detroit Lions closely knows that Nate Burelson isn't exactly media shy. Many might not have guessed he was media savvy enough to earn the opportunity to become a future broadcasting superstar, however.

Recently, Burelson completed the NFL's broadcast boot camp in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey where he and Denver Broncos tight end Joel Dreesen spent time learning all the tricks of the trade. In addition to these current NFL players, retired players Troy Brown (formally of New England) and Mark Tauscher (formally of Green Bay) also completed the program, earning the right to broadcast with the NFL's United Kingdom television partners. The footballers spent four days learning the ins and outs of the broadcasting industry from many professionals across partners from the NFL's broadcasting platforms like CBS, NBC, FOX and ESPN.

Burelson and Dreesen earned their guest co-hosting gigs with SiriusXM NFL Radio at a date which will be determined closer to this season's kickoff. Uniquely, this was the first time in the six year history of the program that Sirius Radio positions were made available for this program. Since the program began in 2007, 105 players have taken part and 44 have eventually landed positions as a result of their work and training.

This certainly seems like a natural fit where Burleson is concerned, considering he's very entertaining in his own right without a microphone in his hand or in his face. Last year, he was one of the funnier Lions in the locker room, and his interviews of teammates on the popular "Ford Lions Report" television program have produced plenty of laughs and funny moments. Burleson's unique hairstyles, witty commentary and outspoken nature lends itself naturally. He's not annoying like Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, nor does he have to force anything on camera to be funny. On either the radio or television, he's already a natural.

Unlike so many other players turned broadcasters and media members, Burleson doesn't have to fake anything, nor would he require any kind of an obvious gimmick . He's loquacious, intelligent and engaging on his own. The transition will be natural, and Burleson's opinions and insights as a football insider will likely be interesting for everyone who listens to the show.

Now, the only thing fans have left do to is wait, sit back and be entertained. No matter where Burleson's second career may lead him, it's certain he'll have fun seeing how far it will go in the process.

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