Plaxico Burress still leads a difficult path to an NFL comeback. History tells us this.
The 2007 New York Giants Super Bowl Champion has been away from the game that earned him stardom after pleading guilty to weapon charges and serving close to 21 months in prison.
Should you feel bad for the guy? He brought the sentence on himself. Although he clearly wanted out, who wouldn’t? Burress was denied work release last January.
Once an electric football star, Burress is now 33 years old and will turn 34 this August, old in football years.
Burress will be released from Oneida Correctional Facility on June 6th. He began his sentence after shooting himself in the leg at a Manhattan nightclub and has been serving prison time since September 2009.
Two years of your life in jail when you were on top of the world just two years before. I’ve heard the argument that “professional athletes have it tough,” but lets face it that was a terrible move on his part.
Current Orlando Magic guard and former Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas infamously walked away from gun charges without prison time in 2010.
Arenas and his then Wizard teammate Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other in the Verizon centre on December 21, 2010. Where is the holiday spirit? I mean come on really, before a game.
Arenas’ move earned him 30 days in a halfway house, 400 hours of community service, and a $5,000 donation. One move of the finger and this is a completely different story.
Arenas was suspended indefinitely by the NBA and later reinstated back to “the good life” of earning millions of dollars to play professional sports. But remember they have it hard.
Unlike Arenas, Burress learned the hard way, just like Michael Vick. Burress’ lawyers said he had a work assignment in prison and participated in an anger management program while incarcerated.
NFL teams are intrigued by Burress, but remember he hasn’t played a game since November 2008.
But talent and playoff experience yet alone Super Bowl experience is hard to find. Burress caught 70 passes and 12 touchdowns in 2007 capped by his game winning catch from Eli Manning in the Super Bowl.
Burress’ agent Drew Rosenhaus has insisted that his client remains in excellent shape. However, isn’t that what all agents say?
Vick turned his life around and played an MVP-calibre season this year. He was also 29 when re-entering the league.
Time will tell what the future holds for Burress.
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