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Vick wants to reach out to Burress


When Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg in 2008, Michael Vick was halfway through his 21-month prison term. Now that Burress is a couple months away from being released from his own incarceration, Vick wants to reach out to him.

Vick told Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News that he plans to pay Burress a visit when Burress is back home, and that he hopes to offer him some words of wisdom about how to get his career back on track.

I hope I can pay him a visit,” Vick said. “I just want to reach out to him, talk to him. We have a good relationship . . . just congratulate him on getting through such a tough time, even though it’s not the ideal situation, let him know there’s plenty of optimism out there for him.”

Vick, who returned to the field in 2009 after missing two full seasons and became the league’s comeback player of the year in 2010, said he sees no reason why Burress can’t get back on the field and compete at a high level.

“I don’t think his career’s over by far,” Vick said. “You look at Terrell Owens, he’s 37, and playing like he’s in his late 20s.”

Vick is right that Burress is three and a half years younger than Owens, although Owens, who has always kept himself in phenomenal shape, is an extreme outlier in his ability to continue to play wide receiver in the NFL into his late 30s. Burress, who looked like he was slowing down even before the fateful night when he tucked an unregistered handgun into his sweatpants, may not be able to play as late in life as Owens.

But if there’s anyone who can inspire Burress to get his career back on track after a lengthy prison sentence, it’s the only active player who has already done just that.

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38 Responses to “Vick wants to reach out to Burress”
  1. dgforreal says: Apr 8, 2011 11:40 AM

    With the right training and stuff I think he can still be a factor somewhere and a steal for whatever team picks him up.

    Hope he can recover as well as Vick did. I know he did something stupid, but redemption is always possible.

  2. duanethomas says: Apr 8, 2011 11:40 AM

    Here we go…3..2..1………

  3. MichaelEdits says: Apr 8, 2011 11:42 AM

    Do I really get to say it first? Mean Machine! Mean Machine! Mean Machine!

  4. pervyharvin says: Apr 8, 2011 11:44 AM

    Don’t hold your breath Burress. Vick never shows up for his commitments.

  5. jw731 says: Apr 8, 2011 11:55 AM

    So….What Vick is saying is basically…..Although we once made millions upon millions of dollars, and thru our sheer stupidity, and the ever present street cred, pissed it all away, and now realize how goddamn stupid we were…Is Vick going to be the spokespeson for every high paid professional athlete with the IQ of a chipmunk…..

  6. dldavidlong says: Apr 8, 2011 11:55 AM

    buress will get his shot. if he can still play one team will sign him. unless his money demands are too high.

  7. sdboltaction says: Apr 8, 2011 11:56 AM

    Can you imagine if Burress had a large caliber gun like a. 50AE or. 44 Mag in his pants? Home boy wouldn’t even have a leg left.

  8. dfensfelix says: Apr 8, 2011 11:59 AM

    Boy, can’t even begin to imagine what this “meeting of the minds” might sound like. Will there be a nurse on hand to take care of the drooling and chest beating?

  9. boneyardbuc says: Apr 8, 2011 12:00 PM

    …but it’s a violation of his probation

  10. smarterthantheaveragebearfan says: Apr 8, 2011 12:01 PM

    I think they are banned from seeing each other by law. Part of their probation(s) bans/will ban hanging out with other felons right?

  11. sabeybaby says: Apr 8, 2011 12:07 PM

    Michael “Con-Vick” just gets better every day. Hopefully, he’ll run for President and save the Country next.

  12. tv426 says: Apr 8, 2011 12:17 PM

    Birds of a feather….

  13. obamaczarofussa says: Apr 8, 2011 12:18 PM

    The last thing burress needs is advice from the likes of vick.
    Nothing burress ever did harmed anyone but himself. I’m pretty sure he wont try to carry in commie york anymore or torture and kill dogs, so whats the point ?

  14. clk320cpe says: Apr 8, 2011 12:25 PM

    Is Vick going to be the spokespeson for every high paid professional athlete with the IQ of a chipmunk…..

    Not EVERY…

  15. brownsfn says: Apr 8, 2011 12:28 PM

    It’s a gangsta’s paradise….

  16. sterilizecromartie says: Apr 8, 2011 12:33 PM

    He will absolutely get on a team, but may not be a huge factor. Most teams carry at least 5 or 6 WRs on their active roster. Burress can still be at least the 3rd best WR on most teams. But, he will never be the #1 WR he used to be.

  17. RussianBreadMaker says: Apr 8, 2011 12:52 PM

    Just a matter of time before Vick’s ends up back in the slammer.

  18. breeshasabush says: Apr 8, 2011 1:10 PM

    I wish Burress would slap him in the face! Vick is far from being the poster boy for a rehabilitated ex con. He still has to stay out of trouble and out of the pokey for a few more years before anyone should buy into him. Yea hes said and done the right thing for almost 2 yrs (thanks PR team) but he needs to VOLUNTARILY do more for the community and VOLUNTARILY speak to kids about dogfighting, he needs to VOLUNTARILY give his time/money to animal shelters. Thats what paying your debt to society truly is. Bottom line is Vick has a lot more to do to better his situation before he gives anyone else advice. Ill wait till Vicks probation is over and then if he can stay out of trouble and he continues to do for the community and for animal rights groups then I’ll cut him some slack but until then ill take what he says with 10 grains of salt.

  19. phinfan says: Apr 8, 2011 1:11 PM

    Vick, can you visit A.I.?

  20. wawa33 says: Apr 8, 2011 1:14 PM

    “Congratulate him on getting through a tough time?”
    Are you kidding me? Now we are giving out trophys for jail sentences?

  21. fatfreddystubbs says: Apr 8, 2011 1:24 PM

    I just hope when Plax does get out, they don’t pick him up in a Ford. Avon Barksdale made it seem like that’s quite a no-no.

  22. dallassux says: Apr 8, 2011 1:27 PM

    sabeybaby says:
    Apr 8, 2011 12:07 PM
    Michael “Con-Vick” just gets better every day. Hopefully, he’ll run for President and save the Country next.


    Can’t be any worse than the current president.

  23. andrewfbrowne says: Apr 8, 2011 1:28 PM

    You have to feel for the guy, I mean he is Cheddar Bob from 8 mile for crying out loud and has to do 2 years in jail for it.

    People who have walked through some tough times, even at the hands of their own stupidity, are in a much better position to help someone who was just as stupid.

  24. dbellina says: Apr 8, 2011 1:30 PM

    Too bad in most legal systems a person released from jail may not have any form of contact with another convicted felon for a certain period of time. Other than risking a parole violation, I think it’s a great idea they get together!

  25. Deb says: Apr 8, 2011 1:44 PM

    I just pray Burress gets a chance. I’m not a gun advocate by any means, but this would not have even been a crime in many states. This man–who is not a danger to society–spent more time in prison than people who’ve committed violent crimes against others. It was a horrible miscarriage of justice. He deserves an opportunity to put his life and career back together.

  26. thejokewriter says: Apr 8, 2011 1:52 PM

    He’s a Wide Receiver who shot himself in the leg. What if he runs the wrong route?

  27. SteelTown6 says: Apr 8, 2011 2:01 PM

    I have no sympathy whatsoever for Burress, considering he was offered via plea bargain.
    Just a couple of months behind bars, with community service and a fine – had he taken that he wouldn’t have missed a single game. Yet he thought his celebrity status would help him walk – it didn’t.

    Still, there are plenty of real criminals walking around who committed worse “crimes” that got less then he did.

  28. kingbattle says: Apr 8, 2011 2:15 PM

    Another Vick post.. Get a life PFT..

  29. willcoop says: Apr 8, 2011 2:25 PM

    Here is something startling that a lot of people don’t know. Allen Iverson, Michael Vick, Marcus Vick, Plaxico Burress, Pernell Sweetpea Whitaker. What is the common denominator here? All Virginia products. As a former trainer, I have had contact with each of these guys a knew the only nut in the basket was Marcus Vick. What is it with these Virginia athletes and the law. Joe Smith, Alonzo Mourning never found trouble. Can someone explain it to me please?

  30. thefiesty1 says: Apr 8, 2011 2:33 PM

    You can’t have ALL the felons on ONE team.

  31. 4512dawg4512 says: Apr 8, 2011 2:44 PM

    There will never be an equal to T.O! He is an absolute beast!

  32. dfensfelix says: Apr 8, 2011 4:21 PM

    You know how Madden seems to add a new gimmick to the game just about every year? Next season they should add an aspect that requires you to keep your players from being arrested. I don’t think it would sell a lot of copies though, no one wants to play a game that’s impossible to win…

  33. richm2256 says: Apr 8, 2011 5:08 PM

    “This man–who is not a danger to society–spent more time in prison than people who’ve committed violent crimes against others”

    Get this straight please; Plaxico Burress had ZERO control over where that bullet went. The gun went off in his waistband and he didn’t aim it into his own leg. But for the grace of God, that bullet could have gone in any number of directions and struck -maybe KILLED – a completely innocent person.

    So yeah, this moron IS a “danger to society”, if by “society” we mean the poor slob standing ten feet away minding his own damn business.

    How people can claim that Burress didn’t do much wrong simply amazes those with any intelligence at all.

    Not a crime in other states? I think the last place where it was legal to discharge a firearm inside a public place was Tombstone, Arizona, in the 1880’s.

    I think Michael Vick ought to focus on keeping his OWN life in order, before he goes out giving advice to other loser athletes.

  34. melonnhead says: Apr 8, 2011 6:50 PM

    I just pray Burress gets a chance. I’m not a gun advocate by any means, but this would not have even been a crime in many states.


    I’d venture a guess that discharging a firearm in a bar would be illegal in all 50 states AND most civilized countries in the world.

  35. Kave Krew says: Apr 8, 2011 8:09 PM

    He extends righteous offerings……

  36. shiv1623 says: Apr 8, 2011 8:43 PM

    “congratulate him on getting through a rough time…”

    Sheesh – so now we need to commend him for serving time? The time he deserved?

    Gimee a break. Thats what society has come to – we celebrate criminals now…

    Vick you should not be giving anybody advice on anything my man. You can’t take care of yourself – what makes you think someone else wants to hear you?? lol

  37. Deb says: Apr 8, 2011 11:26 PM

    @richm2256 …

    Now you know exactly what I meant by “danger to society”–it was a reference to malicious intent to do harm. Quit nitpicking my posts. The incident was an accident–caused by stupidity and carelessness, true. But the bottom line is that the bullet didn’t hit anyone but him, so he didn’t belong in prison for three years, and in a state with lesser gun laws, he wouldn’t have gotten that absurd sentence. Limited cell space needs to be reserved for people who have done or could do real harm to others.

  38. oldbyrd says: Apr 9, 2011 6:37 PM

    Honestly speaking, Vick has a much better attitude. Burress is a punk with an bad attitude.

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