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Former NFL Player Nate Burleson Speaks to Peer Leaders at Manalapan High School

Nate Burleson speaks with Peer Leaders “Reach for the moon, even if you fall short you’ll land among the stars.”

It’s the quote that Nate Burleson’s father used to inspire him, and it’s what he encouraged Manalapan High School’s Peer Leaders to do.

Mr. Burleson, a former Minnesota Viking, Seattle Seahawk and Detroit Lion wide receiver, visited Manalapan High School on October 11th. He currently appears as an NFL Network analyst on Good Morning Football, which airs Monday-Friday at 7:00 AM. Social Studies teacher Tim Fleming, who played football with Mr. Burleson at the University of Reno, Nevada, invited the former NFL player to speak with the school’s Peer Leaders.

Mr. Burleson inspired the students to be motivated about their futures. He told the group that every day is a moment and they need to grab a piece of that moment, adding it to their collection. You’ll have amazing futures if you do so, he told them.

He noted that teenagers may not know exactly what they want to be yet. Everyone has talents that they should be exploring, he said, noting that they may change over time. It’s those pieces that shape the future, he said, explaining that was how he transitioned from the football field to an on-air position. He told students his career didn’t happen by chance, but rather through hard work and dedication.

After speaking with the Peer Leaders, Mr. Burleson headed out to Manalapan’s football field to work a little bit with the team.