SportsNation Blog Archives Plaxico Burress
Despite that he spent the last few years languishing in a prison cell after accidentally shooting himself in the leg, Plaxico Burress looked pretty darn good in Sunday night's game against the Bengals. Burress had three catches for 66 yards, including a diving 26-yard reception for a touchdown. It may just be the preseason (and it may have just been the Bengals), but the Jets seem to be pretty well ahead of the game in the "veteran excels in a new home" sweepstakes.
How impressed were you?
It wasn't a completely dominant performance, but Burress' 22-yard per catch average in Sunday night's game was a pretty good start to re-establishing his reputation as a deep threat.
A Giant regret?
The Giants could have had Plaxico for $3 million, and might have had a better chance to sign him had quarterback Eli Manning campaigned for the team to bring him back.
Burress' incarceration may have been entirely his fault, but fans have rooted for players to come back who have done much worse -- Michael Vick comes to mind.
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From a cold night at Lambeau Field that Giants fans will never forget to a night he'd assuredly like to erase from the collective memory, Plaxico Burress did the whole rise-and-fall shtick on a pretty epic scale.
Without him, the Giants don't win the Super Bowl and deny the Patriots their perfection. Now he'll be without his freedom for at least 20 months, as part of a plea agreement in the case stemming from the nightclub incident last year in which he accidentally shot himself.
After a summer in which it seemed like our only respite from NFL legal updates was the annoyingly prolonged Brett Favre saga, it's frankly a little tough to get worked up about Burress. But is he maybe the guy we should feel a little sorry for, considering he didn't hurt anyone but himself? Or have we just gone soft and he got what was coming to him?
Wow..he gets 2 YEARS for something regular POOR people get 5 years probation for. NOW YOU PEOPLE CAN'T SAY THAT ATHLETES GET SPECIAL TREATMENTS ANYMORE.” -- csdogg1984
I don't see why anyone would think he doesn't deserve some kind of punishment. He broke the law so why should he not pay the consequence. Celebrities don't deserve to be treated differently than what the LAW says they should be treated. Last time I looked, "All men are created equal!"” -- lthomasaj
Attention to everyone who thinks laws are uniformed across the 50 states. THEY ARE NOT!!!! Florida is not New York. Also Plax is not being sentenced for shooting himself. He carried an unlicensed gun into a public place in the state of New York. And apparently Plax was living in a box with no television or newspaper or internet because this law and mandatory sentence has been a hot topic issue and quite a big deal in the state of new york.” -- smiles42183