In his interview from prison with his former coach, Bill Cowher, Plaxico Burress insisted that his NFL career isn’t over.
“I will play,” Burress said. “I think I will come back in, and it will be like I never left.”
I don’t want to knock a guy for keeping a positive attitude while he’s behind bars, but it’s absurd to think Burress, who will be 34 years old when he’s out of prison and ready to play in 2011, could come back like he “never left.” Burress was already showing signs of slowing down before he shot himself in the leg with a gun he was carrying illegally in 2008. Add more than two years of age and more than two years of rust, and it obviously won’t be like he never left.
Burress said on the CBS Super Bowl pregame show that he was carrying a gun that night for protection.
“You go into a lapse of judgment for a quick second because you’re thinking about only yourself,” Burress said. “It was a selfish decision. . . . I had my home broken into twice. When things like that happen, it takes your peace of mind away. It scares you a little bit and you say to yourself, ‘I don’t want to be in that situation.'”
Burress says he’s occupying himself in prison with prayer.
“When I wake up, the first thing I do is I get on my knees and pray,” he said. “I thank God for another day.”