ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson acknowledged that his penchant for multitasking while driving nearly killed him earlier this week.
"For me, a bad habit could've cost me my life," Burleson told reporters Friday.
Burleson lost control of his car early Tuesday on a suburban Detroit highway and hit a center median wall. He broke his left arm and blamed the one-car accident on trying to do too much: He had just plugged in his phone and was trying prevent two pizza boxes from sliding off the front passenger's seat.
"I usually multitask a lot when I'm driving," he said. "And I've heard it all before, 'Don't do it.' Yeah, that'll be the last time."
Earlier this week, Lions coach Jim Schwartz admitted he had "cured" himself of texting while driving, but still need to fix his habit of "eating and driving." ''There's too many times I leave the office real late at night, and you grab something — and I've had it happen to me — drop it on your lap or do something else," Schwartz said. "That's stuff we all need to learn from."
Burleson had surgery Wednesday and while the early indications are positive, he didn't want to predict when he'll be back on the field. He said it will be "sooner than a lot of people expect."