(CBS local) – Nate Burleson has been entertaining people for years as an NFL-wide receiver, sports and entertainment host, and entrepreneur. On Tuesday, the 40-year-old will have the opportunity to reach a larger audience as one of the co-hosts of the newly renamed “CBS Mornings.” Joining Gayle King and Tony Dokoupil every weekday from 7am-9am EST, Burleson will be broadcasting from a brand new studio in Times Square.
CBS Local’s Katie Johnston recently met with Burleson to talk to him about his journey from NFL to CBS News, the advice he’s received so far from King and Dokoupil and what excites him most about the opportunity to work on one of television’s biggest shows.
“When I was playing, I was always involved in the media,” Burleson said. “Then I went to Broadcast Bootcamp shortly after my mid-career and it caught my eye. I left this bootcamp with back pats and folks at work saying I had a chance to do it when I finished playing, but I didn’t really hear it. I walked away Realizing how unfamiliar I was with the art of being on TV. There was so much to the art and craft of being a media personality.”
Emmy-winning Burleson retired from the NFL in 2014 and says he’s looking forward to using CBS Mornings to tell all different kinds of stories about the financial world, race in America and food culture.
“It’s such a blessing that I’m sitting here in this seat working at CBS Mornings because that’s a major drug in this business,” Burleson said. “I’ve worked up to this point to earn this spot, so I’m excited to show people different layers of Nate Burleson they weren’t familiar with once the show really started. The only thing I know I’m doing really well is telling a story. Whether it’s my life or someone else’s life, or Something very closely related to what we’re dealing with at the moment.”
While Burleson has a lot to look forward to in his new job, one of his favorite things already is the ability to share the set with veterans like King and Dokoupil. The new co-host of “CBS Mornings” loves the way Gayle & Tony have hugged him from the start and has already learned a lot from them.
All I’ve heard and seen about Gayle is that and then some. She’s so passionate she puts the work into. She cares so much about this job. Then there’s the journalistic approach that she’s taking and Tony the same way. Same year in high school. A lot of the world we see, we look at with the same eyes. When I entered, the first thing they said was that they were excited to host me and look forward to working with you.”
Watch “CBS Mornings” starting Tuesday, September 7 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET on CBS.