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Homeless man to Nate Burleson: You guys are sorry


Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson spent some of his Monday doing volunteer work, but even that couldn’t excuse him from razzing about the team’s recent string of three losses in their last four games.

Burleson was helping to feed the homeless at a church in Detroit when he encountered a man who decided to share his dismay about the familiar mix of turnovers and penalties that helped the Lions to a loss in Philadelphia.

“I just got back from feeding some homeless in downtown Detroit,” Burleson said during an interview with 105.1 FM. “Not saying that to get a pat on the back, but I was sitting there — it was a happy moment, you see smiles on peoples’ faces, giving hugs and taking pictures — and one guy who was there getting some food said, ‘Man, you guys are sorry. Same old Lions.'”

Burleson said he initially tried to defend his team, but wound up telling the man that he understands the “same old Lions” sentiment comes from the team’s failure to finish games like the one they led 14-0 in Philadelphia before losing 34-20. With three games left and the Bears and Packers joining them at or near the top of the division, the Lions will have to finish strong or they’ll be sitting at home for the playoffs again this season.

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39 Responses to “Homeless man to Nate Burleson: You guys are sorry”
  1. rawdoggg says: Dec 10, 2013 9:02 AM

    Confession. I want them to lose the rest of their games. I’m tired of this coaching staff. I’m tired of players under performing. Time to bring in a coach who has done it before and give Xanders the reigns.

  2. arodgersgloryhole says: Dec 10, 2013 9:07 AM

    A new all time low for the Lions.

  3. lks311 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:10 AM

    As a Lions’ fan for over 40 years, the Homeless Dude nailed it.

  4. packerfansarefat says: Dec 10, 2013 9:14 AM

    Guy has a big screen in the ally?……”you guys are sorry” says a HOMELESS Joe…..does it get any lower?

  5. 23rdusernameused says: Dec 10, 2013 9:15 AM

    “give me some soup and bread… you guys stink”

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 10, 2013 9:19 AM

    Then the guy gave Nate five bucks and told him to spend it on food and not booze or cigarettes.

  7. alldonesmith says: Dec 10, 2013 9:20 AM

    This is hilarious.

  8. dtownsportslions says: Dec 10, 2013 9:21 AM

    Not surprised. After this last month of Lions football, us Lions fans are starting to say those dreaded words……”Same OL’ Lions”. Please Lions, just once prove us wrong. Just once.

    Go Lions

  9. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 10, 2013 9:22 AM

    Spoken from the lips of a man that has nothing to lose.

  10. lionsmark09 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:25 AM

    This all falls on the coaching staff. They need to clean house this off season. I do not see this team making the playoffs. GM Mayhew has put talent on the roster but the coaches are unable to coral it. GM should stay….coaches gotta go. This is coming from a long time Lions fan.

  11. ryanw822 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:29 AM

    You know youre bad when Titus Young is telling you that your team is sorry.

  12. gumbogumbo says: Dec 10, 2013 9:30 AM

    lol that’s hilarious!

  13. goraidersgospurs says: Dec 10, 2013 9:32 AM

    Atleast the homeless man has a TV!!!

  14. lightcleric says: Dec 10, 2013 9:34 AM

    Pretty funny but at the same time kind of ungrateful…

  15. polegojim says: Dec 10, 2013 9:36 AM

    Thank you sir…. thank you… Those guys read newspapers… they hear facts.

    Long past time to clean ‘coaching’ house for this undisciplined team. There’s not a part of the game in which they show consistent poise or focus. It’s painful to watch… and watch Schwartz smile through the LOST look.

    Stafford has turned into Cutler during it all… touch downs… sure… but fumbles, INTs, sailing passes. If Megatron wasn’t such a freak of nature and talent, he’d over throw him too.

    I’m looking forward to the headline… and hawk PFT every single day for it.

  16. doe22us says: Dec 10, 2013 9:38 AM

    And then they will be the same old Lions, I think after the GB victory, some Lions fans on PFT declared Vic in their division.. Shoot, even a homeless man knows better.

  17. sgtdiver says: Dec 10, 2013 9:39 AM

    If we don’t win the division I will be completely on board for firing Jim Schwartz. It’s ridiculous that were even 7-6 six.

  18. chrisbermanpleasegoaway says: Dec 10, 2013 9:39 AM

    Was it Charles Rogers?

  19. stephenolszewski says: Dec 10, 2013 9:45 AM

    He’s helping feed the homeless and he gets harassed by the homeless talk about ungrateful. You may be a fan but c’mon now

  20. blowpackblow says: Dec 10, 2013 9:50 AM

    You don’t need a nice house and a 60″ flat screen to know when you fumble 6 times in the first 18 minutes of the game, you suck.

  21. rpiotr01 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:51 AM

    Lol, that’s pretty funny. But seriously, Burleson is a good dude. Like him a lot.

  22. ireadpftforthecomments says: Dec 10, 2013 9:53 AM

    So it was actually Burleson who got served.

  23. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:04 AM

    This is the funny story of the day for sure lol

  24. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 10, 2013 10:06 AM

    At least they have a home to be sitting at for the playoffs.

  25. zerole00 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:12 AM

    So it was actually Burleson who got served.


    I’m torn. On one hand I think anyone who uses the phrase “served” in 2013 should be shot, but on the other hand I love puns.

  26. cottonjoe says: Dec 10, 2013 10:13 AM

    Perhaps Burleson was feeding him one of his free pizzas. Regardless, kudos for helping someone in need.

  27. jeffreyshulenburg says: Dec 10, 2013 10:21 AM

    “Atleast the homeless man has a TV!!!”

    Actually, he probably used a newspaper. They do still exist and they are a very good insulator in cold weather. Some people are always looking to make something of nothning

  28. lionsdraftguy says: Dec 10, 2013 10:21 AM

    Maybe with the Lions losing like that, it’ll get rid of some of the bandwagon fans.

  29. ptownbearsfan420 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:26 AM

    I agree. I never fear because no matter how well the lions do at one point of a season or another, they always choke. Always. Love that there’s only 2 real teams in the NFC north, and the showdown commences week 17 in the windy city!

    Go Bears!!

  30. dacoach333 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:26 AM

    As a Bears fan I absolutely love this LMAO

  31. 5to46hawkfan says: Dec 10, 2013 10:35 AM

    Funny, but same time kind of sad… On so many levels.
    I’m a Seahawk fan, but I like great players all over the league and I’ll tell you, the Lions have one of the greatest receivers ever.. First name Calvin, last name Johnson!!! I’m pretty sure he’s got more football talent in his pinky than most do in their whole body. Will somebody in Detroit find him a real coach!!!! Please!!! Not to mention a blooming QB… And Nate Burseson is a great talent. A little primer and the lions could be headed for SB any year now!
    And that homeless dude…. Eat you soup and be quiet!!! Lol

  32. gman1975 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:42 AM

    as a long time Lion fan the homeless dude is spot on! no Lion fan I have talked with is confident right now. sad part is the Lions have the easiest remaining schedule, 2 games at home and the 3rd is indoors and I still only give them a 25% chance of making it.

  33. purpleguy says: Dec 10, 2013 10:44 AM

    Was Nate delivering the guy pizza?

  34. nyjetsfan08 says: Dec 10, 2013 11:32 AM

    C’mon Man!

  35. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 10, 2013 12:20 PM

    That’s something you just have to be careful of. Joique Bell was running his mouth in defense of the team the other day too, and both he and Burleson are out of place in having no good basis to defend the stuff that people are complaining about.

    I am no longer a Joique Bell (overrated and talks to much) or Nate Burleson (overrated and talks to much) fan. They talk too much and back up football ideas and beliefs that I don’t share. They have too much confidence in what they are doing and give out too much credit to their own team and the people on their team. They have earned no place to yap about anything about how great the Lions are. Most fans raise good complaints, and instead of denying that they aren’t perfect, they should try saying I’m sorry instead, or say nothing at all.

  36. sw19womble says: Dec 10, 2013 1:28 PM

    “No soup for you!”

  37. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Dec 10, 2013 3:21 PM

    Is this a slow news day? I’ve been told a lot of pretty bizarre and inaccurate things by homeless people myself.
    It seems more like something that was written to give angry people an opportunity to take shots at the Lions.
    So go ahead and have at it but please remember that were still technically leading the division and two of our three remaining games are against the Vikings and Giants. I like our chances of making the playoffs.
    People who are inevitably going to talk trash in the comments please ask yourselves two questions: Is your team leading their division? Will your team be in the playoffs? If the answer to these questions is no then maybe you should refrain from commenting.

  38. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 10, 2013 3:37 PM

    “Then, Nate tried to reach behind himself for some pizza and crashed into another table.”

    Seriously, Nate’s a good guy and good teammate and leader. And, yes, they are playing sorry.

    Everybody’s right.

  39. packerbadger says: Dec 11, 2013 8:13 AM

    Lions have a ton of talent and should walk away with the division. Lions coach and management/ownership sucks, thats the problem. Total lack of control and discipline.

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