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Nate Burleson won’t back off from guarantee

N. Burleson

41 years after Joe Namath made the most famous guarantee of all-time, NFL players still get worked up when an opposing player promises a victory.

Lions receiver Nate Burleson made a guarantee the Lions would win earlier this week, and we mostly tried to ignore it.  The Bears didn’t.

“It should fire them up,” Bears linebacker Lance Briggs said via the Chicago Sun-Times.   “I know it definitely fires us up. We’ve got it pinned up everywhere in our meeting rooms.”

Brian Urlacher said he understood Burleson’s confidence, but would dial it back a bit.

“I think we’re going to win,” Urlacher said, “but I’m not going to guarantee it.”

Given a chance to back down, the man who once famously said he knew where the cash was at decided to stand firm.

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23 Responses to “Nate Burleson won’t back off from guarantee”
  1. blaz0037 says: Dec 4, 2010 12:00 PM

    The only guarantee this Sunday is Nate Burleson dropping a pass. It, without fail, happens every week.

  2. thesmartest1 says: Dec 4, 2010 12:01 PM

    Good for Nate. It’s nice when something other than losing makes them relevant.

  3. vtboarder says: Dec 4, 2010 12:10 PM

    Marry me Mega.

  4. billsfan27 says: Dec 4, 2010 12:21 PM

    These receivers never learn. Put a camera in their face all week and they come apart. Now, Burleson will probably suck Sunday.

    See Stevie Johnson vs. Pittsburgh.

  5. vahawker says: Dec 4, 2010 12:32 PM

    There’s a reason the Hawks let Nate walk…he ain’t so good.

  6. gopats23 says: Dec 4, 2010 12:36 PM

    Aren’t guarantees supposed to have some sort of ramification when they aren’t fulfilled?

    Guarantee a win or you will donate your game check to charity, otherwise just shut up and play.

  7. metalhead65 says: Dec 4, 2010 12:41 PM

    has burleson ever done anything besides get overpaid that the bears should worry that he opened his big mouth?how about actualy doing something on the field besides losing before you start talking?

  8. youboettcha says: Dec 4, 2010 12:41 PM

    As a football fan, I hate baseball. But I’d have to say the most famous guarantee of all time is Babe Ruth pointing to the stands (guaranteeing a home run). Who disagrees?

  9. gergie1957 says: Dec 4, 2010 12:52 PM

    I don’t think Nates been relevant since his days with Daunte, Ouch!

  10. blackcatnfl says: Dec 4, 2010 1:05 PM

    I think players who issue guarantees should be in a position to determine if the team is going to win or lose. And I don’t think your average wide receiver has any control on that whatsoever.

  11. ampats says: Dec 4, 2010 1:07 PM

    Glad to see when a mediocre player on a 2 win team guarantees a victory.

  12. thepackersblow says: Dec 4, 2010 1:08 PM

    WTF?!?! All that talk got him a TON of money in Seattle, and now the Lions are puttin’ it in the bank. Run your mouth and get paid is the new mantra. Give him a “reality” show, even if it has nothing to do with the reality of his mediocre recieving skills and underwhelming team.

    The Matt Millen stamp will be on this team for as long as the Kevin McHale stamp will be on the local roundball team. Years and years.

    Pay the mouth? Talk to the hand…

  13. 4sacroc says: Dec 4, 2010 1:22 PM

    Nate Burleson’s been in Detroit for a cuppa coffee … And he’ll most likely be be shipped out to another doormat in 2011 to continue his astonishingly unremarkable career…

    Signed,
    His former agent

  14. contract says: Dec 4, 2010 1:30 PM

    Burleson must be counting on Suh breaking Cutler in two.

  15. maximus929 says: Dec 4, 2010 3:36 PM

    Can someone please tell these idiot athletes that the “guarantee” was already done (by Namath) and they look stupid when the do it over and over again.

    And now they’ve dropped it to the level of guaranteeing a regular season win???!!! That’s absurd!

    Namath guaranteed a championship win when most people thought it ridiculous to even consider! His victory changed football (for the WAY better) forever!

    These guarantees today, like most things that come out of these idiots mouths are just banal, meaningless.

    And why does anybody even bother reporting it?

  16. majikbullet says: Dec 4, 2010 4:26 PM

    If a guarantee from a mediocre player fires up the Lions and they win, I say good for him.

    If it fired the Bears up more, and they beat down the Lions….idiot

  17. vahawker says: Dec 4, 2010 6:09 PM

    So he can’t rap and he can’t catch. Hope he saved some of that money he hasn’t earned.

  18. airraid77 says: Dec 4, 2010 6:36 PM

    how dare anybody stand up and be counted for what he says….then stand by it…..by the standards of the hide behind confidentiality police, nobody except them should do it.

  19. 4dabears says: Dec 4, 2010 6:50 PM

    Another ‘has been’ errrr ‘never was’ receiver running his mouth. Big surprise

  20. wallacejay says: Dec 4, 2010 7:45 PM

    No one wants to hear guarantees from a mediocre receiver on a 2-9 team. Hey Nate, I guarantee your team sucks.

  21. tatum064 says: Dec 4, 2010 7:55 PM

    Good for him. Detroit has nothing to lose and are one of the best 2-9 teams you will see. Theyre not as bad as their record , but they still need some pieces – Buffalo and Detroit have played hard every game.

  22. david7590 says: Dec 4, 2010 7:59 PM

    youboettcha says:
    Dec 4, 2010 12:41 PM
    As a football fan, I hate baseball. But I’d have to say the most famous guarantee of all time is Babe Ruth pointing to the stands (guaranteeing a home run). Who disagrees?
    =================================
    I do since the Babe Ruth thing has never been proven.

  23. youboettcha says: Dec 6, 2010 10:35 AM

    Well, baseball fan, I didn’t know that. And I’m guessing most people who aren’t baseball fans don’t know it didn’t surely happen, but know about it. If he did, it’s pretty badass. If he didn’t, it’s still a great play. Anybody can guarantee a victory. Sometimes they end up being right, like in Joe Namath’s case.

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