Tag:Plaxico Burress
Posted on: May 10, 2011 2:30 pm
Edited on: May 10, 2011 2:33 pm
 

Family is pumped for Burress' release

P. Burress should be released from prison June 6 (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Plaxico Burress will be out of jail next month and then will look to find employment in the NFL. And he most likely will draw some interest on the free agency market for the 2011 season.

But there are few other people who REALLY are excited about Burress becoming a free man – his wife, his 4-year-old boy, and his 18-month-old daughter.

"Every time I think about it, I just get tears in my eyes, happy tears. Just so excited that he'll actually be out and just . . . be free," Tiffany Burress told the NY Post . "Be a free man and be able to come home back to this family."

Burress is scheduled to be released June 6 after serving 20 months following a guilty plea on a weapons charge – you might recall that he discharged an unregistered pistol into his own leg at a Manhattan club. Since then, he’s talked with his son every night on the phone, and his wife, Tiffany, has visited him about three dozen times.

And when Burress gets out of prison, he’ll get the honor of really getting to know his daughter – who was born while he was away (he actually didn’t know Tiffany had given birth until five days after the fact).

"Randomly, during that period, they weren't letting him use the phone, so I actually had to write him a letter," Tiffany said. "I called while I was in labor and I asked the correctional facility to relay that message to him, but they didn't."

"I think the most emotional I've seen him was the first time that he saw Giovanna."

Think about all the emotions he’ll have when he sees his family for the first time.

"I think whenever you're in that situation, you just really realize to appreciate everything that's given to you, because you go into that situation and everything is taken away from you," Tiffany says. "So his whole thought process about everything has changed. He appreciates everything."

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Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:19 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Vick wants to reach out to Burress

Posted by Andy Benoit

You could have probably guessed that this story was coming at some point. It’s the “Michael Vick will reach out to Plaxico Burress” story.

Sure enough, the story is following the script. Vick told Les Bowen of Philadelphia Inquirer that he plans to connect with the former Giants receiver soon.

"I hope I can pay him a visit," Vick said. "I just want to reach out to him, talk to him. We have a good relationship . . . just congratulate him on getting through such a tough time, even though it's not the ideal situation, let him know there's plenty of optimism out there for him. I don't think his career's over by far. You look at Terrell Owens, he's 37, and playing like he's in his late 20s."

Yes, but Owens has arguably the most intense workout regime in the NFL. Burress (who turns 34 in August) has, at best, been running laps and lifting weights in the yard.

Vick says that since visiting Florida inmates last month, he’s been thinking about Burress a lot.

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Posted on: March 4, 2011 6:48 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Burress will officially regain his freedom June 6

Posted by Andy Benoit
P. Burress (US Presswire)
Mark it down: June 6, the day Plaxico Burress will be a free man again. The New York State Department of Correctional Services announced that the former Giants wide receiver has earned time off on the basis of good behavior. Burress’ three months early release has long been expected. He’ll wind up skipping 1/7 of his original two-year prison sentence.

After unknowingly shooting himself in the leg at a Manhattan nightclub in 2008, Burress pleaded guilty in 2009 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

The “who will sign Burress?” discussion already commenced several weeks ago. The early release is great fortune for Burress because it will allow him a few extra weeks of training time before teams likely will start taking close looks at him when training camps open up in late July/early August. Roger Goodell has said Burress can sign with any team once he’s a free man.

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Posted on: February 12, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2011 7:20 pm
 

Rosenhaus begins the Burress PR campaign

Posted by Andy Benoit
P. Burress (US Presswire)
On Saturday super agent Drew Rosenhaus tweeted out an update on the status of what will be his most controversial client in 2011, Plaxico Burress. Here’s the full tweet (or tweets):

“Just visited with client Plaxico Burress. He is doing great! He is running & lifting weights 5 days a week. He looks in terrific shape. He is in great spirits and is excited to be reunited with his family on June 6th. We talked at length about his future in the NFL & he can't wait to get back on the football field in 2011! He is mentally & physically strong right now and is looking forward to the future! He has set some great goals for his life on and off the field. Get ready to see him do some amazing things this year in all areas!”

Burress is set to be fully released from prison on June 6. He’ll be a free agent this summer. His backstory is familiar but forever interesting: after being the hero of the Giants' win in Super Bowl XLII, he was arrested on weapons charges after shooting himself in the leg at a New York nightclub. This, of course, makes Burress controversial, though even before the legal issues, there were major concerns about his attitude and intensity.

Character issues shouldn't be a problem for Burress this time around (you have to figure prison has humbled the man), but is a wideout in his mid-30s who has baggage and two years of rust really worth bothering with?

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Posted on: January 28, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Podcast: Discussing Palmer, Burress & XLV

Posted by Will Brinson and Andy Benoit

Super Bowl XLV is nearly upon us. But before getting carried away in the hype, we run through some of the key topics from around the league, including Caron Palmer, Plaxico Burress and whether running backs are vital to Super Bowl success.

It's worth it -- believe us. just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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Posted on: January 26, 2011 8:28 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Plaxico Burress: worth signing?

Posted by Andy Benoit

This summer, Plaxico Burress will once again be a free man. And, a free agent. After serving a two-year prison sentP. Burress (US Presswire)ence on weapons charges, the former Giants wide receiver will be released and looking to renew his once-glistening NFL career.

On Showtime’s Inside the NFL Wednesday night, Burress’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus laid the groundwork for the publicity campaign that he’ll orchestrate for his polarizing client. “I am not a big advocate of making predictions on teams because so much can change,” Rosenhaus said. “But I am not afraid to make the following prediction; Plaxico Burress will be playing in 2011. And he will play very well. And it will be a very happy ending to a very tough, tough story for him.”

Undoubtedly, between now and summer, all 32 teams will at some point have to publicly declare whether they have any interest in Burress. (The Ravens, who signed Donte’ Stallworth after his incarceration and NFL-mandated suspension, got the ball rolling by addressing Burress a few weeks ago. Head coach John Harbaugh essentially said he’d have to wait and learn more about Burress.)
Most if not all teams will play the “wait and see” card. As was the case with Michael Vick, teams’ hope for Burress is that he has changed as a person but not as a football player.

No need to speculate on how prison has impacted Burress personally (we’ll assume he has a new perspective, sense of humility and all that other jazz). What about physically?

The man will be 34 next August. When Vick came back, he was 29. But it’s possible that the rust from Burress’ layoff – and there will be rust; even Jamal Lewis struggled after spending four months during the’05 offseason behind bars – will wear off quicker than Vick’s. Or, better stated, Burress can compensate for his rust easier than Vick did.

Burress was never touted for his speed and quickness. His greatest asset was his size (which prison won’t impact) and strength/physicality (which he’ll have to regain). The wide receiver position is much easier to relearn than the quarterback position – especially when you’re a jumpball-based possession receiver.

That said, if a team was interested in signing a controversial veteran receiver, why wouldn’t they reach out to a Terrell Owens or a Randy Moss? At least those guys have been in the league the past two years. Then again, Burress won’t be near the headache that he once was and that Owens and Moss still are. After all, he’ll have no leverage and everything to prove.

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Posted on: January 18, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Ravens open to signing Plaxico Burress

Posted by Andy Benoit

Plaxico Burress will be getting out of prison in June. The former Giants wide receiver is, presumably, eager to return to the NFL. Between now and then, all 32 teams will be asked whether they have any interest in signing the once-dominant 6’5” possession target. And, because Americans love a good “fresh out of prison” story, we’ll probably end up writing a separate article about Burress’ prospects with each of those 32 teams.

The Baltimore Ravens essentially volunteered to be the first team up, thanks to a question John Harbaugh was asked on NFL.com. (The Ravens going first makes sense given they were the team that signed Donte’ Stallworth after his release and reinstatement.)

“I don’t know Plaxico Burress at all, I’ve never met him, but we’d consider him,” Harbaugh said Monday. “We’d consider anybody. It just depends on where he’s at. I’d like to find out what kind of person he is, to see where he’s really at in his life.”

This will be the position that every team will take. Chances are, most teams will find that Burress is at a good place in his life, that he’s been humbled by life in the can. And don’t think Michael Vick’s wild success in Philly won’t influence perceptions of Burress.

From a physical standpoint, there’s no guarantee that Burress will be able to rebound like Vick. True, Burress’ game was never predicated on speed the way Vick’s was. But if Burress is nowhere near the athlete he was prior to his July ’09 imprisonment, he won’t make it back in the NFL. Burress will be 34 in August. Instead of signing a 34-year-old who might take a year to regain his rhythm, why wouldn’t a team take a chance on Randy Moss or Terrell Owens? At least those aging, controversial veterans have been in the league recently.

Some team will take a flyer on Burress. Put the Ravens down as a “maybe”. We’ll let you know what the other 31 teams eventually say.

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 10:28 pm
 

Giants owner Tisch visiting Plax in prison

Posted by Will Brinson

Steve Tisch, Giants co-owner, is heading to jail. But not for the normal reasons; he's visiting Plaxico Burress.

According to the New York Post , Tisch, who hasn't spoken to Plax since the wideout was sentenced

"I think I had a very good relationship with Plaxico," Tisch said. "We spent time together outside the locker room away from the stadium. I think that he felt that I trusted him and he trusted me. I don't want to describe it as a father-son relationship. If there were things that were concerning him or he wanted some direction or feedback, I was one of the people he felt he could go to. It was outside the relationship of player and co-owner."

Burress and Tisch apparently had a pretty strong connection, but because of the circumstances surrounding Plax's recent, ahem, habitat, they haven't been able to connect since the wide receiver headed to prison.

Perhaps the most important thing, though, is that Burress has the support of his former employers -- eventually, he'll be released from prison, and it stands to reason that he'll get another opportunity on the football field (see: Michael Vick).

It also stands to reason that the Giants, who have been pretty loyal and supportive of Burress all things considered, will get first crack at his services.

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