A little over an hour ago, at 9 am, Plaxico Burress was released from Oneida Corrections Facility after serving 21 months for gun possession. Plax addressed the media briefly and thanked fans for letters sent in support.
The image of Plax wearing a Phillies hat leaving prison will be seen as a message to some but a hat is just a hat and until Plax is running the fade route looking for a pretty spiral from Mike Vick, don’t read too much into it. I’m sure the 33 year old Burress is very eager to get home and spend time with his family more than playing NFL football at this juncture.
As far as the Eagles, Plaxico Burress was a perennial thorn in their side and when he was no longer a Giants receiver, the rivalry swung big time in the Eagle favor no matter who the quarterback was or components of the team are. Plaxico’s size is a huge advantage on most NFL defensive backs.
Most will look to the Eagles model strictly because of Michael Vick’s “reintroduction” to society. Vick finished second in MVP voting last season.
It will take some time for Burress to get into football shape but it must be said that 21 months of not taking NFL hits is not a bad thing.
During his nine year career with the New York Giants, the former Michigan State receiver with great hands caught 505 balls for 7,845 yards and 55 touchdowns. He’s a great and very athletic route runner and at 6’5″ 230 pounds he is a weapon. He’ll be 34 in August.
Of course there will be an extensive interview process as Burress searches for a new team as an unrestricted free agent, but if I’m a GM, I’m making sure Plaxico is on my roster. Folks talk of David Tyree’s miraculous catch but it was Burress who caught the game winner vs. the Patriots in the 2008 Superbowl.