Former Giants WR Plaxico Burress Begins Journey of NFL Return After Being Released From Prison

By Dan Parzych

It’s been nearly two years since former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress went to prison for a gun charge and now–he may become one of the most sought-after free agents once the lockout comes to an end. reports that Burress was officially released from prison in Rome, N.Y. on Monday and looks to make a return to the NFL for the first time since the 2008 season. Back in August 2009, Burress pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon after bringing a gun into a Manhattan nightclub in November 2008. The gun slipped from the waist of his track pants and accidentally went off in the nightclub–injuring Burress in the thigh.

Now that he’s been officially released, Burress is determined to take advantage of a fresh start and make a return to the NFL. Numerous teams–such as the Philadelphia Eagles–have expressed interest in bringing Burress on board to see if he can still use his height to make an impact in the passing game. Of course, nothing can happen until the lockout ends, so for now–Burress plans to work out on his own in Florida.

There’s no question Burress will receive another chance to play in the NFL; the only question is whether or not he can still be as effective as he used to be. Not only will he be 34 in August, but it’s also been two years since Burress has stepped on the football field–so it could take some time for him to get used to playing again.

Dan Parzych is the Lead NFL Content Editor for,  where he writes and edits NFL content for

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