CBS News brings a bit of the NFL to its morning show, hiring former football player Nate Burleson as one of three “CBS This Morning” co-hosts.
Burleson has been the host of “Good Morning Football” on the NFL Network and, since 2017, an analyst on “The NFL Today,” the CBS Sunday afternoon studio show during the season. He will continue in the CBS football role.
He will team up with Gayle King and Tony Dokoupil on “CBS This Morning” starting next month. Anthony Mason, currently the third person on the team, will focus on cultural connections for the network.
Burleson will also be the second former NFL player to appear on a network morning show: Michael Strahan is an important part of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
The hiring of Burleson is the first big staff change in CBS News’ new management team – Neeraj Khemlani and Wendy McMahon – and Shawna Thomas, executive producer of “CBS This Morning.”
Burleson was recently invited as a host and “his energy was contagious,” Thomas said.
CBS’s morning show next month plans to move into a new studio once occupied by MTV, putting it across from Times Square versus one of the show’s contestants, “Good Morning America” d ‘ABC.