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Is Plaxico's career over?

The immediate reaction from Bob Glauber of Newsday, Twitter-style, to the news of the Plaxico Burress plea deal meshed with our own.

Career over.”

But is it?

Even if Burress serves the full two years (and, with good behavior, he surely will do less than the entire term), he’ll be 34.  (He turned 32 on August 12.)  And even though he will have been away from football for two full seasons, he also will have had two full years without the wear and tear on his hips, knees, and ankles of playing football.

And if Mike Vick can be reinstated without further punishment after serving nearly two years for dogfighting and gambling, Burress should quickly be allowed back into the NFL, too.

But then there’s the knucklehead factor, which could prompt some teams to shy away from Burress after he’s reinstated. 

Before he sent a bullet careening through the flesh of his thigh last November, Burress had been the subject of repeated discipline for showing up late for meetings and not showing up for work and generally acting like the kind of irresponsible jerk who would carry a loaded and unlicensed firearm in the waistband of his sweatpants jeans in Manhattan.

Still, in an era where giving fallen NFL players a second chance has become the latest trend, some coach will look at the highlight reel and decide that signing Plaxico will provide an opportunity to purge some guilt of his own.

Unless Burress stabs himself in the leg with a shiv while at Sing Sing.   

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52 Responses to “Is Plaxico's career over?”
  1. madM100 says: Aug 20, 2009 10:56 AM

    prolly not, he will sign on some team for a year and a few million after jail, they will realize he is slow and cant catch. then his career will be over

  2. jimicos says: Aug 20, 2009 11:00 AM

    And even though he will have been away from football for two full seasons, he also will have had two full years without the wear and tear on his hips, knees, and ankles of playing football.
    ————————–
    He might have some wear and tear on his hips, knees and ankles… Just not the same kind.

  3. straverse says: Aug 20, 2009 11:01 AM

    Yes, yes it is. Unless Tony Dungy says it isn’t.

  4. Big Stretch says: Aug 20, 2009 11:01 AM

    Your article implies that it may be harder for Plax to reinstated than it was for Vick, do you really believe that or are you once again looking for people to click links? I hope you are just looking for site traffic otherwise your stance that
    Plax being a “knucklehead” for years is worse than Vick being an inhumane scumbag is ridiculous and flat out ignorant on your part.
    In case you need clarification being a dogkilling gambling kingpin is far worse than being an asshole who shots himself in the leg

  5. Endzone_couch_Killer says: Aug 20, 2009 11:01 AM

    Sweet, Stallworth gets 24 days, and someone else dies from his crime. Plax gets 2 years from a scar on his own leg. Makes sense.

  6. Fan_Of_ Four says: Aug 20, 2009 11:03 AM

    I’m sure Dungy will find him a Team, its his life goal now to find jobs for black unemployed felons.

  7. Rex Grossman says: Aug 20, 2009 11:05 AM

    Plax: I’m done with the NFL. It’s time to move on.
    Dungy: No you aren’t. And no it is not.
    Plax: Yes sir.
    Dungy: Call me Daddy.

  8. straverse says: Aug 20, 2009 11:06 AM

    Plax wasn’t just being a knucklehead. He carried a loaded weapon into a NYC club and fired it, almost shooting the bouncer. I hope he enjoys his stay.

  9. Philly5IsAlive says: Aug 20, 2009 11:08 AM

    A team signed Vick, so a team will take a flyer on Plax. Besides, coming out of jail, he’ll want to get another shot, so he’ll be sweet as pie to any team that will take him, just like T.O in his first year with any team.

  10. purpleguy says: Aug 20, 2009 11:10 AM

    I don’t know NY sentencing guidelines, but you’d think he could get the sentence reduced through the usual good behavior and other crap to play some of next year — if the commish lets him.

  11. Big ben Rapistburger says: Aug 20, 2009 11:10 AM

    Plax spent his whole life as a Wide Receiver, now he is going to become a WIIIIIIIIIIIDE Receiver.
    Hahahaha, in the words of Brett Favre: F_ck yeah!
    You wont be missed Plax, you dooooooosh…. How many Newports will Plax’s pimp, I mean cell mate, charge for an evening with Plax…..?

  12. Big Stretch says: Aug 20, 2009 11:10 AM

    Tony Dungy is a bigot.
    Dont believe me read this.
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/4502-tony-dungy-on-homosexuality-bigotry-is-bigotry

  13. Endzone_couch_Killer says: Aug 20, 2009 11:10 AM

    man, that sucks, now he has to sit around wondering if Farve is coming back again for 2 years. Talk about hard time.

  14. Crabcake says: Aug 20, 2009 11:11 AM

    I just don’t understand it. Plax will get 2 years for stupidity. Stallworth KILLS someone and gets, what 24 days. Makes absolutely no sense at all!

  15. Big ben Rapistburger says: Aug 20, 2009 11:12 AM

    Shooting himself in the leg was the first step, now, he is going to spend 2 years taking “shots” in the jaw…

  16. RossyRoss says: Aug 20, 2009 11:16 AM

    Jesse Jackson? Tony Dungy? What do ya think guys?

  17. Citizen Strange says: Aug 20, 2009 11:16 AM

    I can assure you that you have not seen the last of Plaxadaisical in the NFL.

  18. Pea Tear Griffin says: Aug 20, 2009 11:19 AM

    Well depends. Is he a black christian? Will he say sorry? Will Jeffry Lurie still want to win a Nobel Prize?

  19. Eric Hipple says: Aug 20, 2009 11:19 AM

    Plax, Megatron and Michael Crabtree will make a sick trio for the Lions in 2011.

  20. Bunson says: Aug 20, 2009 11:22 AM

    As an Eagles fan I really dislike the giants, however, recently I have, I have learned to dislike our court systems even more. I understand why the punishment of Plax is so harsh (law changes stemming from the Puffy incident in the JLO era), but even with that being said, Ray Lewis killed a man (or at least had a role in having it done). Jamal Lewis set up a drug deal for kilos of cocaine. Granted in the Plax case, his negligence posed a threat to innocent people. However, had Plax strapped his belt a little tighter that night, no one would have known he had a gun. Plax made a mistake, and got caught in the most embarassing way possible and missed an NFL season. I think out of these 3 cases, Plax has been most punished for his actions, which were probably the least harmful of the 3. Looking for an Ex-Con Eagles team in 2012.

  21. empty13 says: Aug 20, 2009 11:30 AM

    he may be diseased by his release.

  22. broncoman says: Aug 20, 2009 11:30 AM

    @ Rex Grossman…that was funny right there! good job.
    BTW…you sucked in the NFL and at Florida! Good to know that you gave up the pig skin and became a comic on the Florio show.

  23. zeke777 says: Aug 20, 2009 11:34 AM

    For everyone looking for the reason why this is different than all the other cases, it’s real simple. Burress’ inability to take any responsibility for his actions. He didn’t even do a good job pretending to. I guarantee that to this day, he still thinks he did nothing wrong. Enjoy prison ya’ big dummy.

  24. promichael says: Aug 20, 2009 11:36 AM

    The judge still has discretion and does not have to accept the 2 years asked for by the D. A. The judge will sentence Plaxico to 18 months. It’s New York City one of the most liberal places in the country.

  25. rusH1023 says: Aug 20, 2009 11:36 AM

    Florio-
    You forgot the Tony Dungy effect. If Tony feels that Jesus can save him, no one will be able to deny it and he’ll play again. After all, religion can never be questioned or doubted.

  26. Vick's failed drug test says: Aug 20, 2009 11:38 AM

    Dungy is a polished POS.
    Vick is just a POS.

  27. VoxVeritas says: Aug 20, 2009 11:39 AM

    Johnny Mathis is so moved that he did a duet with Roger Goodell.
    JOHNNY:
    Guess it’s over, call it a day
    Sorry that it had to end this way
    No reason to pretend
    We knew it had to end some day,
    this way
    ROGER:
    Yes, it’s over, Plax is gone
    What’s the use of tryin’ to hang on?
    Somewhere he lost the key
    So little left for him and me
    and it’s clear to see
    JOHNNY: Too much, too little, too late to lie again to you
    Too much, too little, too late to cry again to you
    ROGER: I’m in the middle of ending something that he knew
    JOHNNY: It’s over
    ROGER: Oh yeah, it’s so over

  28. Moist Towelette says: Aug 20, 2009 11:43 AM

    wasnt he offered a 6month sentence in a plea a few months back?

  29. VoxVeritas says: Aug 20, 2009 11:45 AM

    “Plax case, his negligence posed a threat to innocent people. However, had Plax strapped his belt a little tighter that night, no one would have known he had a gun.”
    So… give the guy a break because he’s a dumbass? What are you saying?

  30. redsquare says: Aug 20, 2009 11:45 AM

    The NFL has really dropped the ball at a critical time. To put it simply, the character of NFL players, on average, is getting worse. The best are still great, but more brutish thugs are getting in every year.
    The right thing for the NFL to do would be to draw the line, hard, with all the current cases. Run a dogfighting operation? Fire an unlicensed gun in a bar? Kill someone while drunk driving?
    Banned for life. All of them.
    And just like that, quick and easy, the NFL shows that it means business. Players get the zero-tolerance message. Kids are spared from having morally reprehensible scum to root for on their teams of choice.
    But by letting Vick in an being wishy-washy in so many other cases, Goodell & co. have left the door wide open to more bad behavior in the future. The only message that’s being given is that if you get caught, you’ll sit out for a while, then it’s back to business.
    This will be the legacy of Vick, and Goodell, Dungy, and the Eagles will be remembered by history as failing at the key moment.

  31. broncoman says: Aug 20, 2009 11:46 AM

    Vox…what the hell was that? Do you actually think that is funny? Stupid at best.

  32. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Aug 20, 2009 11:47 AM

    Plaxico Burress -RIP
    RAPED IN PRISON

  33. Big ben Rapistburger says: Aug 20, 2009 11:48 AM

    # Bunson says: August 20, 2009 11:22 AM
    As an Eagles fan I really dislike the giants, however, recently I have, I have learned to dislike our court systems even more. I understand why the punishment of Plax is so harsh (law changes stemming from the Puffy incident in the JLO era), but even with that being said, Ray Lewis killed a man (or at least had a role in having it done). Jamal Lewis set up a drug deal for kilos of cocaine. Granted in the Plax case, his negligence posed a threat to innocent people. However, had Plax strapped his belt a little tighter that night, no one would have known he had a gun. Plax made a mistake, and got caught in the most embarassing way possible and missed an NFL season. I think out of these 3 cases, Plax has been most punished for his actions, which were probably the least harmful of the 3. Looking for an Ex-Con Eagles team in 2012.
    ==============================
    It was only the least harmful of the three, because he shot himself. Would it have been the least harmful, if the bullet had missed his leg, ricocheted off of the floor, and killed someone? I am not going to pretend that the justice system isnt messed up. But I am so tired of people trying to compare court cases. The laws are set up, the way they are set up, thats it, end of story.
    Comparing the court cases is like comparing players contracts. Using your argument, and the argument of many like you, it is fair to say that since McNabb makes 10 million dollars a year, then Feeley should make 10 million dollars a year. They are both QB’s, they both play for the Eagles, they both throw with their right hand, they both hand off to the same running backs, they both throw to the same receivers……….. Oh, but one is first string, and one is second string. Get it, comparing legal punishments for different people is stupid.
    You can disagree with the punishment all you want, and I dont disagree with you, it seems a bit stupid that manslaughter gets you 3 weeks, and shooting yourself gets you 2 years. But it doesnt matter what we think…….

  34. Larry says: Aug 20, 2009 11:49 AM

    Beings that we still don’t know how well or if Vick will be able to return to the game after a year and some time away, I’d have to believe that Plax would have even a harder time since he’s been out of the loop since last November or so…These pro athletes are at an elite level. Whether or not they can regain that edge that they once had is still to be determined. I love what Vick brings to the table IF he’s the same Vick that left the game two years ago…same thing goes for Plax when or if he gets his opportunity…

  35. MontanaToRice says: Aug 20, 2009 11:52 AM

    “And if Mike Vick can be reinstated without further punishment after serving nearly two years for dogfighting and gambling, Burress should quickly be allowed back into the NFL, too.”
    Wait – so the real breaking news is that Vick’s been reinstated for game one of the reg season? When did Goodell change his stance on this?

  36. bigjoey46us says: Aug 20, 2009 11:58 AM

    The should let Plaxico, Travis Henry, Vick, Stallworth and whomever else I am forgetting who is a turd live in a house big brother style for big cable ratings. They could call it “I used to play in the NFL and make millions…but im a dipsh*t now”

  37. VoxVeritas says: Aug 20, 2009 12:02 PM

    “Vox…what the hell was that? Do you actually think that is funny?”
    Your mom liked it.

  38. getalife says: Aug 20, 2009 12:03 PM

    So he’ll be back just in time for the Lockout?

  39. CincyJungle says: Aug 20, 2009 12:11 PM

    Big Stretch
    Michael Vick never hurt anyone, just dogs. Dogs aren’t people.
    Plaxico Burress endangered the lives of “PEOPLE” around him.
    It’s a Big Stretch if you expect crimes against a dog to be the same as crimes against a person.

  40. broncoman says: Aug 20, 2009 12:12 PM

    So, Vox, do you have any real comments regarding the NFL or are you just here to entertain us with your ‘hilarious’ lyrics?

  41. killachap says: Aug 20, 2009 12:12 PM

    Of course his career isnt over! Tony Dungy will run to his rescue and the Eagles will pick him up! Why not have 2 felons “who served their time” ?

  42. Opie says: Aug 20, 2009 12:13 PM

    Big ben Rapistburger: I hear what you’re trying to say, but McNabb/Feely is not a very good example.
    RedSquare: I like your sentiment best. I think it should’ve done a long time ago.
    Saying all that, it is apparent that you better know what state you’re in, at the time, when you break a law. And it also goes to show that common sense ain’t common…….for players, law makers, and those that enforce the laws.
    If they offered him 6 months and he turned it down, doesn’t that show that they think 2 years is a bit much? Guess he should’ve taken their offer?!? Stupid lawyers!
    disclaimer: stupid lawyer doesn’t include Mike Florio since he is no longer actively practicing law…..allegedly.
    Joe Mays uses tobasco for eye drops!

  43. Samuel L. Bronkowitz says: Aug 20, 2009 12:14 PM

    Unless “career” means “teabagging ‘Big Jim’ at Rickers Island”…. yeah, his career is over.

  44. Kidekk says: Aug 20, 2009 12:21 PM

    Who cares, right now, if he ever plays again. Repost this story in 2 years when he’s about to get out.

  45. INVAIDUH says: Aug 20, 2009 12:27 PM

    Eagirls 2011….. Moving the chain gang.

  46. HASH says: Aug 20, 2009 12:31 PM

    THEY SHOULD HAVE SENTENCED
    HIM TO 2 YEARS PLAYING FOR THE
    BROWNS

  47. VonClausewitz says: Aug 20, 2009 12:37 PM

    Is it over? Probably.
    Here’s the thing. He can go back in a couple of years and make a run at playing. And there will probably be teams interested. And he would probably get signed as a #2. But will he want to?
    This is a guy whose troubles are due to his high profile – because he’s recognizable. 2 years out of the public consciousness he won’t be that guy. He won’t have that profile anymore. Sure maybe there will be a blurb in the paper or a spot on the tv about it, but wait a month or 2 and he’s forgotten. Free to live the rest of his life without the burdens of fame he’s seen first hand. If it’s about money then it’s a different story. But if he’s got enough money to live on afterwards I don’t see why he’d want back.
    He’ll be 2 years into a prison surrounded by many other guys who are in there for something stupid like pot possession. He’ll hear the stories. He’ll come out knowing that the justice system in America isn’t just broken – it’s evil. Why would he want to make himself a target again?
    You know he already took a chance on the grand jury opening their eyes and recognizing the witch hunt for what it was. And of course they didn’t. He’s read the press. He’s read the blogs. He must have realized that the public is so messed up they can’t discern right from wrong anymore. Couple that with the realization the powers that be can do whatever the hell they want? You can call that an epiphany.
    I think he’s done. I think he knows he’s done. I think he’ll be happy to forget about all of this when the time comes. I think he’ll leave the country. I would.

  48. Dr. Michael says: Aug 20, 2009 12:42 PM

    Does Fraud gangsta McNabb still want the Eagles to sign him?

  49. CtownBleedsGreen says: Aug 20, 2009 12:46 PM

    VoxVeritas says:
    August 20, 2009 11:39 AM
    Johnny Mathis is so moved that he did a duet with Roger Goodell.
    JOHNNY:
    Guess it’s over, call it a day
    Sorry that it had to end this way
    No reason to pretend
    We knew it had to end some day,
    this way
    ROGER:
    Yes, it’s over, Plax is gone
    What’s the use of tryin’ to hang on?
    Somewhere he lost the key
    So little left for him and me
    and it’s clear to see
    blah, blah, blah…
    Wow, something does suck more than your normal posting. Maybe you can parlay that into a duet with Tony Romo playing “Dueling Banjo’s” from “Deliverance”.

  50. The Dox says: Aug 20, 2009 12:46 PM

    redsquare –
    there’s a concept out there called “forgiveness”.
    maybe you’ll learn about it some day.
    or maybe you’ll just screw something up, and have idiots harp in your face about how you should be punished eternally for it.
    Goodell IS drawing a much harder line than Tagliabue ever did. The league IS responding to the deviants.
    Do 2 years and then preach about how a criminal is always a criminal. Reform happens, that’s what prison is about. But then again I’m sure you’ve never broken a law or done anything wrong. Congrats.
    Deal with it and squash the hatred.

  51. penguininbondage says: Aug 20, 2009 1:00 PM

    Buns up kneelin will be his new moniker

  52. kenny kenn says: Aug 20, 2009 1:10 PM

    once again the crooked system and the white media makes an example out another black athlete. what would happen if black athletes and fans would boycott sports altogether, it looks like that what you racist want. you hide your racism behind BS!!! issues!! GET EFFN LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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