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TFD: Former Vikings WR breaks arm trying to save a pizza

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • September 24, 2013 - 5:36 PM

In an unrelated story, Burleson was apparently on Wheel of Fortune while with the Vikings in 2006

In an unrelated story, Burleson was apparently on Wheel of Fortune while with the Vikings in 2006

​When an athlete is involved in a one-vehicle crash, you assume the worst. When it is immediately noted that alcohol was not involved, you assume something weird happened. And here you have it:

Per ESPN.com:

Nate Burleson leaned over early Tuesday morning to try to adjust one of the pizza boxes falling off a seat in his black 2009 GMC Yukon. By doing so, the Detroit Lions wide receiver could be out of action for a long time.

Burleson broke his left arm in a single-car crash on Interstate 696 heading westbound near Drake Road in Farmington Hills, Mich., around 2:25 a.m. Tuesday. Police were called to the scene. Burleson, who complained of pain in his arm, was transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw.

"It was actually a whole pizza," Shaw said. "He had purchased two whole pizzas, and one was sitting on top of the other one, and I guess when he was driving one of them was slipping off, and he was reaching over to push it back onto the seat and overcorrected and hit the median wall."

Shaw said alcohol was not a factor in the crash and that police did not do a drug screen because the 32-year-old Burleson showed no signs of impairment.

So he's not a bad guy. He's just a man who loves pizza to the point that he would do anything to protect it.

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