New Cleveland WR Nate Burleson has been making the talk show rounds recently concerning his future role with the team. One topic that the pundits have frequently brought up is Burleson's ostensible role as mentor to Josh Gordon. While you can read a variety of his answers (here, here, or here), the answer I heard on Sirius XM Late Hits was probably the best.
When asked if he was brought in to be Josh Gordon's mentor, Burleson answered like this (paraphrased):
The first thing I need to do is go out there and show Josh that I can play. That I am a playmaker. I need to prove to him that I'm a teammate, WR and playmaker and am out there to compete. Then, when he recognizes I can play, we'll start hanging out. We'll go to dinner and a few Indians games over the summer. And if when we're hanging out, he wants to talk football, he will have the benefit of my experience. I hope Josh isn't listening to all of these interviews and reading about these questions, because I don't want him to think that I'm here to force myself in as a big brother. I'm here as a teammate and WR to win a spot on this roster. I intend on earning his respect and hopefully eventually he'll let me drop some gems on him.
Over the past few days I have not been known as a Burleson apologist, but I think his attitude here is perfect. Listening to why he chose the Browns over the Dolphins this year got me excited about where we are going. I hope that his attitude and enthusiasm translate to on-field success.