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Did Lions receiver Nate Burleson deliver a pizza celebration against the Bucs?

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Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson delivered during a 24-21 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

And yes, it took less than 30 minutes.

Burleson returned to action for the first time since breaking his arm in a one-car accident while trying to save a pizza on September 24. His season – and career – appeared to be in jeopardy after the accident, but Burleson had surgery and was back in action on Sunday.

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Of course, Burlerson has been the butt of jokes since his accident, and the veteran receiver embraced the comedy. DiGiorno Pizza even gave Burleson a year supply of free pizza so he could skip carryout.

Burleson took a slice out of Tampa Bay’s defense during the second quarter.

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Detroit faced first-and-goal on Tampa Bay’s 5-yard line when Matthew Stafford threw a touchdown pass to Burleson, his first score of the season. Burleson seemingly celebrated as a waiter with a pizza after the score. Or what exactly was the celebration? It seemed like it was pizza-related, but it's not very clear ... and you know what they say about if you need to explain a joke after the punchline.

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Either way, kudos to Burleson for being able to poke fun at himself. At least it seemed like that's what he was doing.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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