Detroit Lions: Nate Burleson Sets Lofty 1,000 Yard Goal Once Healthy

By Ryan Heckman
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, you all probably heard the hilarious story of Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson and how he broke his arm. Burleson was driving back from a pizza run when he noticed a pizza box slipping off his front seat. As he reached down to stop it from falling, he crashed into the median and broke his left arm.

Yes, it’s still funny.

What’s not funny, though, is the goal Burleson has set for himself when he’s finally healthy this year. In fact, it’s a pretty serious goal. Burleson told reporters on the day he received the Ed Block Courage Award that he planned to be back soon — from a broken arm! Not only that, but he went on about that fairly ambitious goal on the field.

“I anticipate being out there pretty darn soon,” Burleson said Tuesday according to ESPN. “Put it like this. When I get back, I’m still going to try and go after that 1,000 yards.

“So that means I’ve got to have enough games to do it, which means I should be back soon.”

What an ambitious goal for himself. But, if anyone can do it, Burleson sure seems to be the guy. He’s a tough dude. He’s also one of the great guys in the NFL who happened to just make a dumb mistake.

Hey, at least this was the kind of mistake he chose to make when there are far worse activities he could have been engaged in. Burleson will surely give this Detroit offense an even bigger lift once back as Matthew Stafford and company are already on pace for another season piling on the yardage.

Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush are the obvious focal points for now, but Burleson will return to give them that sure-handed third option. When will he be back? Well, you heard the man — soon.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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