Nate Burleson

Nate Burleson

Born in Canada while his father played for the CFL Calgary Stampeders, Nate Burleson has forged his own identity as a veteran receiver in the NFL.

Burleson signed with the Cleveland Browns on April 6, 2014.

Position: WR – Born: Aug. 19, 1981 Calgary, AB – College: Nevada – Height: 6’0 – Weight: 198 – Draft: 2003, 3rd round (71st overall by the Minnesota Vikings


An 11-year veteran, Burleson caught 39 passes for 461 yards and a touchdown.

2011: Detroit Lions starting wide receiver.

2010: Played and started in 14 games and recorded 55 catches for 625 yards (11.4 avg) and 6 touchdowns. His 6 touchdowns were the most since he registered 9 in 2007.

  • Had one reception for 19 yards in season opener at Chicago (9/12).
  • Caught 1 reception for 4 yards vs. Philadelphia (9/19). Left game early due to ankle injury.
  • Inactive with an ankle injury at Minnesota (9/26) and Green Bay (10/3).
  • Caught first touchdown of the season against St. Louis (10/10). Led the team in receiving with four catches for 56 yards.
  • Six catches, including one touchdown, for 50 yards at New York Giants (10/17).
  • Season-high 7 catches for 47 yards against Washington (10/31).
  • Tied season-high 7 catches, and let Lions with 113 yards receiving and a touchdown against the New York Jets (11/7). 100-yard outing vs. the Jets was his eighth career game with 100 yards and first since joining the Lions this season.
  • Four catches for 47 yards at Buffalo (11/14). Also had one carry for 17 yards.
  • Team-high 97 yards receiving on 7 receptions at Dallas (11/21). Nine-yard touchdown catch from Shaun Hill to give the Lions a 10-7 lead heading into halftime.
  • Three catches for 35 yards against New England (11/25).
  • Caught fifth touchdown of the season on 10-yard pass at Tampa Bay (12/19). Finished with four catches for 28 yards.

2009: Played in 13 games (12 starts) and finished second on the Seahawks with 63 receptions for 812 yards and 3 touchdowns. Was also Seattle’s primary punt returner with 30 returns for 254 yards, including a long of 29.

  • Opened the season with a team-leading seven receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown against St. Louis (9/13).
  • Posted sixth-career 100-yard game vs. Chicago (9/27), leading the team with 9 catches for 109 yards.
  • Led the team with 6 catches and 98 yards and tied a career high with 2 touchdowns against Jacksonville (10/11).
  • Led team with 6 catches for 89 yards at Dallas (11/1).
  • Led team with 100 yards on 6 catches at Minnesota (11/22).
  • Did not start at St Louis (11/29) because team opened with two tight ends, but still led Seattle with four catches for 46 yards. Also had a season-long 29-yard punt return.
  • Led team with 54 yards on 5 catches at San Francisco (12/6) and averaged 8.7 yards on 7 punt returns.
  • Had three catches for 50 yards at Houston before leaving the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury.
  • Was inactive the final three games (Ten, 1/3; at GB, 12/27 and TB, 12/20) due to an ankle injury.

2008: Started first regular season game at Buffalo (9/7) and was leading the team with 5 receptions for 60 yards, and had 3 punt returns for 54 yards (including a long of 21), before sustaining a season-ending knee injury in the third quarter.

  • Placed on reserve/injured list September 9.

2007: Started 12 of 16 games while leading the team with 11 total touchdowns (9 rec., 2 ret.). Had at least one catch in each game and finished the season second with 50 receptions for 694 yards.

  • Led Seahawks with 9 receiving touchdowns.
  • Tied club record with a 94-yard punt return for a touchdown (Charlie Rogers, at Ptt, 9/26/99) at Cleveland (11/4) and became the only player in NFL history to return three punts 90-plus yards for a touchdown in his career.
  • Had first career kickoff return for a touchdown (91 yards) against St. Louis (10/21).

2006: Saw action at wide receiver in all 16 games with seven starts totaling 192 yards and 2 touchdowns on 18 receptions.

  • Gave Seattle a spark on special teams taking over punt return duties versus Oakland (11/6) and kickoff returns versus Green Bay (11/27).
  • Named the NFC’s Pro Bowl alternate returner after averaging 9.5 yards on 34 punt returns, including a 90-yard touchdown return versus St. Louis (11/12) that put Seattle up 21-16 in the fourth quarter. The return was also the second- longest in franchise history as he became one of six players in NFL history to have two or more punt returns of 90 or more yards in a career.
  • Finished with an average of 24.7 yards (fourth best in team history) on 26 kickoff returns with a long of 50.

2005: Bounced back from injuries to contribute in the final five games of the season.

  • Missed four games with injuries, inactive for games versus New Orleans (9/25), at Atlanta (10/2), at Chicago (10/16) and at Green Bay (11/21).

2004: Played in all 16 games with 15 starts and led the team with 1,006 yards receiving to give the Vikings a 1,000-yard receiver for the 12th straight season.

  • Broke the 100-yard mark in four games.
  • Posted the Vikings’ first punt return for a touchdown since 1999 and the second-longest punt return in team history with a 91-yarder at Indianapolis (11/8) on Monday Night Football.
  • Had first-career multi-touchdown receiving game with two at Detroit (12/19).
  • Recorded career-long touchdown reception with a 68- yarder versus Green Bay (12/24).
  • Registered first career 100-yard game at New Orleans (10/17) with 134 yards on 6 catches on Sunday Night Football.

2003: Started first career game and scored first career touchdown on a 22-yard pass from Gus Frerotte versus San Francisco (9/28).

  • Caught first career pass on a 6-yarder from Daunte Culpepper versus Chicago (9/14) on ESPN Sunday Night game.

COLLEGE: Recorded 248 catches for 3,293 yards and 22 touchdowns during his three years at Nevada.

  • Finished second in NCAA history for receptions in a single season with 138 in 2002 and was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s top wide receiver.
  • Led the nation in receptions per game and receiving yards as a senior (2002) and was named first-team All-America by AFCA, All-WAC and team MVP. Was also a second-team All-America by The Sporting News and CNN/SI.
  • Finished career first in conference and school history in single-game receptions (19) and single-season receptions (138).

PERSONAL: Earned eight letters in football, basketball and track at O’Dea High School in Seattle.

  • Named Seattle Athlete of the Year as a senior in 1999.
  • Part of an athletically gifted family, started by father, Alvin, who played for the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL from 1976-81; Brother, Kevin, played for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.
  • Born in Calgary during his father’s playing days.
  • Human development and family studies major.
  • Married to wife Atoya. Couple has two sons, Nathaniel II and Nehemiah.


  • Receptions: 11 at GB 11/14/04
  • Receiving Yards: 141 at GB 11/14/04
  • Long Reception: 68 vs. GB 12/24/04
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 2 (3 times) Last vs. Jax 10/11/09
  • Rushing: 2 vs. GB 12/24/04
  • Rushing Yards: 25 at TB 12/19/10
  • Long Rush: 23 at TB 12/19/10
  • Punt Returns: 7 vs. SF 12/6/09
  • Punt Return Yards: 96 at Ind 11/8/04
  • Long Punt Return: 94t at Cle 11/4/07
  • Punt Return Touchdowns: 1 (3 times) Last at Cle 11/4/07
  • Kickoff Returns: 6 at Arz 12/10/06
  • Kickoff Return Yards: 159 at Arz 12/10/06
  • Long Kickoff Return: 91t vs. StL 10/21/07
  • Kickoff Return Touchdowns: 1 vs. StL 10/21/07