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Nate Burleson: I Wasn’t Looking To Leave Good Morning Football

“While some might believe it was an easy choice for Burleson to go to CBS This Morning, he told Traina that it was the exact opposite.”

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After being one of the regular co-hosts of Good Morning Football on NFL Network since the show began in August 2016, former wide receiver and current NFL Today studio analyst Nate Burleson was in the GMFB studio for the final time on Friday. He is now on his way to CBS This Morning

There were several guests that sent messages to Burleson throughout the week including former teammates, NFL Today colleagues, and his own family. In addition to that, Kay Adams, Kyle Brandt, and Peter Schrager gave their own goodbyes. On Friday, the other three hosts wore shirts with Burleson’s face on them (Adams was not in studio) and the crew was wearing Burleson jerseys. It will be tough to not keep a dry eye when you watch: 

Before Burleson’s last official show on GMFB, he was a guest on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina this week to talk about his new role. While some might believe it was an easy choice for Burleson to go to CBS This Morning, he told Traina that it was the exact opposite.

“I’m a loyal guy. If I’m locked in with one squad, I’m not looking to join another team,” said Burleson. 

Burleson recognized that he has had other job offers in the past, and always said thanks, but no. The job at CBS This Morning was impossible to pass up.

“When this opportunity came, I just thought I don’t want to leave right now, I want to leave when everybody else leaves. I want to leave when it’s finally over when we have a season or series finale. But, I didn’t know when that was and I wasn’t going to walk away from CBS This Morning because it’s such a storied show with a rich history. There’s not too many opportunities like this in TV.”

So, what is the goal for Burleson now in the industry? He wants to leave an impact on people when he ultimately retires. He told Traina that he thinks the inconsistency of his playing days made it possible for him to thrive in his second act.

“Now, I’m thinking maybe my path in the NFL and never making it to a Super Bowl and not becoming a Hall-of-Famer and having injuries that kind of derailed consistency throughout my career, maybe that created this hunger inside of me as an adult. Where now I can go grab trophies that I didn’t think were offered to me.”

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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