New Jets receiver Plaxico Burress says he doesn’t think he’s going to have a particularly tough time stepping back on the football field and playing for the first time since November of 2008.
In an interview with NFL Network’s Albert Breer, Burress said a lifetime of experience playing football will be more than enough to get him ready, even though he missed the last two seasons while he was incarcerated.
“I don’t really think anything really will be difficult for me to get back to at all,” Burress said. “I’ve been doing it for a long time. I’ve been playing football since I was 7 years old, back in 1984, and these are the only two seasons that I’ve missed. I have a great knowledge of this game, how to play it, I’m in a great scheme, I’m in a great offense, great organization, surrounded by more talent than anybody can ask for. I’m in a beautiful situation. I have no complaints. I’m ready to come in, play hard and compete to win a championship.”
The biggest question, however, may not be whether Burress can shake off two years of prison. It may be whether he can shake off two years of aging. Burress will turn 34 next week, and lots of athletes lose a step (or more) by the time they turn 34. Michael Vick proved that it’s possible to play football at a high level after a lengthy prison sentence, but Vick was only 29 when he signed with the Eagles.
But Burress says he’s just thrilled to be at training camp with the Jets.
“It’s a long time coming,” Burress said. “It finally happened for me.”