Ex-Hawkeye QB Paul Burmeister is heading to NBC Sports
Paul Burmeister is on the move.
The former Iowa quarterback turned broadcaster is leaving NFL Network to become the primary host for the NBC Sports Network's daily program "Pro Football Talk."
It's a career switch that will take Burmeister, an Iowa City native, from Los Angeles to Stamford, Conn.
"To be honest, it's sad to leave the beach," he said. "There will be some tears putting this place in the rear view mirror, but work-wise it's awesome.
"I feel really grateful and lucky."
Burmeister agreed to a four-year deal with NBC, which also includes a chance to cover the Winter and Summer Olympics.
"As much as I love football," Burmeister said, "I couldn't be more excited to take that next step outside of football."
Burmeister played for the Hawkeyes from 1990-93. He worked at KCRG in Cedar Rapids from 1998 to 2001.
He was then the weekend sports director at KWWL in Waterloo from 2001-04, before joining NFL Network.
"It was a great ten years there, and I was able to grow on that level," Burmeister said. "I feel lucky for that."
Burmeister was best known for his time as a studio host for shows such as "Path to the Draft" and "NFL Total Access."
"I really enjoyed the draft time on NFL Network," he said, "because I had a show that I really felt a part of on an everyday basis.
"And now, I get to have that feeling every single day of the year with Pro-Football Talk."
Burmeister also branched out, becoming an independent contractor for NFL Network, which enabled him to call games for other entities, such as NBC.
"It was difficult to give up parts of my contract here with the network, but ultimately I felt like I was taking a good step to grow in my play-by-play world and also to make some new friends at a place like NBC," Burmeister said. "Just from day one, I've gotten along really, really well with the executives. I really like the way they do business, and the way they communicate with their talent.
"We've had a really healthy dialogue the last two or three years about the potential of being a full-time player there, if the chance ever came about."
He'll be based in a new NBC building in Connecticut, which will also be home to "Football Night in America."
Burmeister and his wife have two sons, ages 8 and 5.
He will fly from Los Angeles to Kansas City this weekend to call a Chiefs preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, then head to the East Coast on Sunday and be in the studios Monday.
His first day on the air for NBC Sports is Sept. 2.
"I'm super excited to have a show I can have a real sense of ownership with," Burmeister said. "Roll up my sleeves and be a part of its growth and see where it goes over the next few years."