When Jets receiver Plaxico Burress emerged from prison, he sported a Philadelphia Phillies hat. It prompted many to think that Burress wanted to play for the Eagles. He did, but the Eagles never made a move.
With the Jets at 8-5 and the Eagles at 5-8, Burress likely is happy about that.
Plaxico’s team heads to Philly this weekend, in his first trip there since November 2008 — his last visit as a member of the Giants. On Thursday, Burress spoke to the media about his return.
“Over the years, it’s been one of those battles that I’ve had with them,” Burress said in comments circulated by the team. “[There have been] two or three last-minute touchdowns to win games. It’s just always a fun place for me, personally. I’m pretty sure the fans will boo me. They love me, they just don’t want to admit it. It’s going to be fun.”
The game also unites two of the highest-profile players to have served time in prison — Burress and Eagles quarterback Mike Vick.
“I talk to him about once a week now,” Burress said of Vick. “We stay in contact. [We] talk about life, football and all those kinds of things. His family will be there. Some of my family be there. For everybody back home in Tidewater and the Seven Cities, it’ll be a day where we enjoy it [and] we embrace it. It’s always one of those deals where when we play against each other, we have to try to outdo each other, try to outshine each other. It’s going to be fun for both of us, especially after everything that we have been through. We’ll just get to enjoy it. I want him to do well, but not well enough to win.”
Both teams need the game badly if they want to make it to the playoffs; the Eagles need it a bit more. (OK, a lot more.)
Rosenthal and I disagree on this one in our Week 15 picks. Still nine games down, I need it a bit more. (OK, a lot more.)