When released from prison, will Burress be given another shot in NFL?

30 November 2008 - New York, NY - New York Giant's wide receiver Plaxico Burress, seen here in this file photo from February 5, 2008, accidentally shot himself with a gun while entering a New York City nightclub. The star receiver is expected to face charges on possession of a gun that is not registered in New York State. Photo Credit: Paul Zimmerman/AdMedia Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

The New York Post is reporting that former Giants’ receiver Plaxico Burress is expected to be released from prison within two or three weeks for good behavior.

Assuming that a) this report is accurate and b) the NFL reinstates him, will one of the 32 teams give Burress an opportunity to play?

Seeing as how he has 505 receptions, 7,845 receiving yards and 55 touchdowns, the quick answer to that question is probably: Yes, someone will give him a chance.

But by the time he’s reinstated, he’ll be 33 and would have just spent over 12 months in prison. He states that he’s been working out four times a week since he was sentenced, but obviously he’s a long ways off from being in football shape. Given his age and his time away from the game, it’s unlikely that teams are going to be fighting over themselves to sign the troubled former star. (Don’t forget that Burress doesn’t play special teams, so it’s not like he could contribute that way until he got back into game shape.) Even the Giants have a deep stable of receivers now.

If/when he’s released in a couple of weeks and if/when he’s finally reinstated, somebody will probably work him out. But there’s obviously a big difference between having him running a couple of routes in an open field and actually signing him to a contract.

Update: Plax’s lawyer says that the Post’s report was premature: “There’s a very wide range of possible outcomes here, and I do not want to get too ahead of myself,” the attorney said. “I don’t see (a return to football) happening in the short term. He still has a year left on his sentence.” (New York Daily News)

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Plaxico Burress not behaving in prison

Plaxico Burress, who is only seven months into a two-year prison term for weapons possession, has already gotten himself into trouble according to the New York Post.

Burress apparently told a guard that he had permission to use his cell phone to call his attorney and the guard believed him. But Plax (gasp!) didn’t have permission and now he has lost his recreation privileges for a month and his cell phone for a week.

The real question is why Burress is even allowed to have a cell phone in prison. Does he also get a free breakfast buffet and Wi-Fi with his stay too? A mint on his pillow? Access to the swimming pool at night?

It’s nice to see that Burress isn’t given any special treatment because he’s a star athlete. I’m sure he’s really feeling the effects of capital punishment.


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Burress sentenced for two-years, begins serving time

Former NFL receiver Plaxico Burress has been sentenced to two years in prison and will begin serving his time immediately.

From USA Today:

Burress was accompanied by this wife, son and father to the hearing this morning. He pled guilty to a weapons charge last month stemming from an incident in which he suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Manhattan nightclub in Novembver.

ESPN reported Burress’ attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said it was “a tragic day for a decent man.”

I think the tragedy was avoided in this situation because Burress only shot himself and nobody else. Hopefully other athletes will think about this incident and how Burress will lose two years of his life because he was careless about a weapon and be more careful themselves.

Burress says he intends to play football once he’s released from prison, although he’ll be 34 and probably won’t have many options. His best football days are definitely behind him.

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