Meet Nate Burleson Brother: Kevin, Lyndale And Alvin Burleson Jr

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Nate Burleson’s brothers: Alvin Jr., &  Kevin Burleson, have had remarkable athletic careers. The former one played in the NFL, while the latter shone in the NBA.

Nathaniel Eugene Burleson is a former football wide receiver in the NFL, television host, and football commentator. He was born on August 19, 1981, in  Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Since September 2021, Burleson has been a co-host of ‘CBS Mornings.’ He can also be seen covering football for CBS on its ‘The NFL Today’ program while occasionally appearing on Nickelodeon.

Nate Burleson
Nate Burleson (Source: Instagram)

Previously he co-hosted ‘Good Morning Football’ on NFL Network. He was also a New York correspondent for ‘Extra,’ an entertainment news program, from 2019 to 2021.

Burleson played football in his college years for the Nevada Wolf Pack. He was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft, making his 71st pick overall.

Burleson spent 11 years playing in the NFL as a wide receiver with the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Detroit Lions. He became the only player in NFL history to have three punt returns of 90 or more yards.

Nate Burleson Brother: Kevin, Lyndale & Alvin Burleson Jr.

Born into a prolific sporting family, Nate has three brothers, Kevin Burleson, Alvin Burleson Jr., and Lyndale Burleson.

His father, Alvin Burleson, is a former defensive back for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Meet Alvin Burleson Jr.

Alvin Burleson Jr. is the eldest among the brothers. He used to play college football for the University of Washington Huskies and the Western Illinois University Leathernecks.

Alvin Jr. went to the University of Washington as a walk-on football player, where he spent three seasons as special teams member and reserve safety before he suffered from a herniated back.

Nate Burleson Brothers With Parents
Nate Burleson Brothers With Parents (Source: SeattlePi)

He left the Washington Huskies when there was a coaching change. He then transferred to Division I-AA Western Illinois and started in the Leathernecks’ secondary.

Meet Kevin Burleson

Kevin is also an older brother to Nate. He played professional basketball and was a former point guard for the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association (NBA). 

He attended Garfield High School for a year before transferring to O’Dea and was able to tender an athletic scholarship offer from his father’s alma mater.

Kevin was always eager to become an NBA player and paid strict heed to his mother’s spiritual instructions. Nate and Kevin, having played in the NFL and the NBA subsequently, are one of only two sibling duos to do so. 

Meet Lyndale Burleson

Lyndale is the younger brother of Nate. He played college basketball at the University of Nevada Wolf Pack.

The Nevada basketball guard possessed the affluent athletic ability among his brothers and preferred to play with the No.1 jersey on his back.

He transferred from O’Dea High to Franklin and didn’t consider any other sport. He considered Amateur Athletic Union basketball to be huge and played with the likes of Marvin Williams and LeBron James.

Nate Burleson Relationship

Nate is married to his long-time girlfriend, Atoya Burleson, for over two decades. Their romantic journey started while they were in college in the late-1990s.

Atoya is a mother of three children, two sons, Nathaniel Burleson II and Nehemiah, and a daughter named Mia Pearl.

Nate Burleson And Wife Atoya
Nate Burleson And Wife Atoya (Source: Instagram)

She was born and raised in Nevada, United States on 31 May 1978. She is the daughter of Joe Dean Shaw and Karla and was brought up alongside her sister, Danielle.

Based on her LinkedIn profile, she graduated from the University of Nevada with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Educational Psychology. Further, she acquired a master’s degree from the same University in Education.

Currently, Atoya is the CEO and speaker of a foundation called Atoya Burleson Brand. She is also the founder & CEO and podcast host of insideLINES Podcast, which she co-hosts with Tia Avril, the wife of former NFL star Clifford Arvil.

Swochandra Shrestha
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Swochandra Shrestha

Swochandra Shrestha is a passionate writer with a keen eye for uncovering the human stories behind the world of sports. His articles offer readers a refreshing perspective on athletes and sporting events, blending insightful analysis with engaging storytelling that resonates on a personal level.


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