Today’s speakers at the NFLPA* rookie symposium included a man whose life can serve as a cautionary tale: Plaxico Burress.
Burress talked to the assembled 2011 NFL draft picks and told them about the consequences of bad decisions, namely his bad decision to illegally carry a gun into a New York City nightclub, leading to a two-year prison sentence.
“I’ve been a big fan of Plaxico Burress since I was a kid,” Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller told Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated. “It’s a nightmare story, but I think all of us rookies can learn from that.”
Rod Issac, a cornerback drafted by the Jaguars in the fifth round, wrote on Twitter that Burress is “one real dude and I have much respect for that brother.”
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News passes along comments from new Redskins defensive end Ryan Kerrigan, who said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that Burress gave an “eye-opening” speech and said of that night when he brought the gun to the nightclub, “I would’ve never left the house if I could do it all over again.”