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NFL Star Nate Burleson

I Wasn't Drunk, Disoriented

... But I Did Drop the Pizza

10/1/2013 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1001-tmz-Burleson-pizza-tmzDetroit Lions star Nate Burleson tells TMZ ... the 911 caller was mistaken -- he wasn't woozy, or off-balanced or DRUNK in the moments following his car crash last week ... but he did fumble his pizza. 

Nate says he was in shock in the moments following the wreck, in which he suffered a broken arm and cuts on his face after a night at Happy's Pizza and Pub in Detroit -- but the 32-year-old explains, "I was completely coherent. I was trying to grasp what was going on at the moment."

As we previously reported, one of the people who called 911 following the crash last Monday night told the operator Nate "was losing his balance" and "appeared to be intoxicated."

But Nate tells TMZ, "My arm was broken so that may cause you to stumble, but it was not alcohol-related at all."

1001-Burleson-happy-pizza-tmzIn fact, Nate says the cops complimented him on how composed he was following the crash -- considering his injuries. 

As for the pizza, Nate admits he tried to save the pie as it slid around on the front seat of his GMC Yukon ... but the food slipped through his fingers ... and that's when he lost control of the ride and crashed. 

We obtained photos of the pizza carnage following the wreck ... showing the deep dish pepperoni (with mushrooms) all over Nate's whip. 

"I get the jokes, 'cause reaching for a pizza isn't the way you wanna crash your car," Nate says ...  "But I'm lucky to have walked away."


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Damn it nate, dont f up our season over pizza meng!!! You have put into to much damn work...atleast broyles performed good...get well soon sir.

385 days ago

Don't Question Authority!!!    

If you ever get hit by an air bag you will be stumbling too.

385 days ago


Nate Burleson
I Wasn't Drunk, Disoriented
... But I Did Drop the Pizza.....................WAS IT PIZZAHUT ?

385 days ago

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385 days ago

Dead account Delete at will    

Everyone knows you put the pizza on the floor of the passenger seat. Not on the seat... Rookie!

385 days ago


Why is every athlete on TMZ a "star" player? Nate Burleson isn't a "star" lol. Come on TMZ, get your sports editor fired, wait, do you have one?

385 days ago


Even money says he was texting before the accident. The pizza story is BS

385 days ago


We have all been in a situation like this...saving a pizza, trying to keep a beverage cup from tipping over. Stuff happens. Not everybody that has an accident is high or drunk.

385 days ago

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