Plaxico Burress is fresh out of jail and ready to get back to work. In an interview with NFL Network’s NFL Total Access, the disgraced wide receiver talked about getting his life back on track and his surprise at his tough sentence. Check out some quotes below:
On Being Hit With The Book:
“Yes, I was (shocked at sentence). To be honest, I thought — at the most — I would probably do maybe four to six months based on a reckless endangerment charge or whatever it may be. But they just kinda pulled out all the whips and, you know, stacked everything on me. It was tough to fathom. It was like, ‘Why is this happening?’ At that time, it was just so many different emotions going through your mind, and it was unbelievable.”
“I woke up that morning and had a nice breakfast in the hotel. And I went to court, and I was in jail like two hours later. And, like, everything that you had was just taken away from you just that quick. It was unexplainable.”
Welcome to being Black in America Plaxico. You should’ve been prepared for the worst.
Plax says visits and support from his wife, former NFL coach Tony Dungy, and former Giants teammates Brandon Jacobs, David Tyree, Osi Umenyiora, Gibril Wilson, Michael Strahan and Amani Toomer helped him through the “the lowest point in my life.”
He’s already working to clean up his image by joining forces with the National Urban League and the Brady campaign educating people about the dangers of firearms.
“If I can just stop one child from not taking a firearm out of the house or never put his hand on a gun, you know, I’ve served my purpose,” he said.
Hmmm so we guess this means he won’t be walking around strapped any more. Too bad he had to literally shoot himself (and his career) in the leg to figure that out. Surprisingly enough, despite Plax’s two season hiatus, he also says he never thought his career was in jeopardy…
We guess we can see why. The NFL deals with all kinds of problem children — as long as you don’t hurt dogs nobody is gonna get all crazy right?
Speaking of which, Plax says he’s drawn a lot of inspiration from Michael Vick:
“When I was going through everything legally, I did get a chance to talk to him a few times,” said Burress.
“He was just telling me to stay strong, and everything will work itself out. And to just see him go out on a football field and do so many things that he’s been able to do to take his game to the next level as a quarterback, and pretty much going through a situation similar to mine with being away from the football game for two years — it gave me hope, joy. … I’ve been a big fan of him ever since high school.”
Aw doesn’t that just warm your heart? For his family’s sake, Plax better hope he can have a Vick type comeback.
Keep reading for Plax’s top picks for where he’d like to get his second chance as an NFL player…
Bears: “I have a lot of respect for Jay Cutler, I think he’s a phenomenal talent, I think he’s a great quarterback with Greg Olsen on the other side playing tight end, and (Matt) Forte at running back.”
Rams: “When I think about St. Louis, (QB) Sam Bradford is a phenomenal talent also with so many great things that he did last year. (RB) Steven Jackson — pretty much speaks for itself. And when Coach (Steve) Spagnuolo was in New York, we had a great relationship. And I think he’s a terrific football mind, and he’s definitely got that organization going in the right way.”
Texans: “When you say Houston, all I can say is, ‘Wow.’ That’s all I can really say because I give respect where respect is due. And I believe Andre Johnson is the best wide receiver in football. … They’re getting everything going in the right direction. Matt Schaub has really just taken off as an elite quarterback. And I think Arian Foster is one of the top five running backs in this league. And I think that this team is bound for the playoffs this year and looking forward to doing great things.”
Jets: “(Owner) Woody Johnson has been doing a great job with running that organization. … (Coach) Rex Ryan definitely has that team going in the right direction. The players don’t have to come out and say nothing, he’s gonna let you know that they are heading in the right direction. And they’re definitely right on the cusp of, I think, going to a Super Bowl and eventually winning it.”