Plaxico Burress earns early release from prison
Plaxico Burress went from catching what was ultimately the game winning TD catch in one of the biggest Super Bowl upsets of all time to being sentenced to prison for shooting himself in the leg in a Manhattan nightclub the following November.
10 months later, in September of 2009, Burress began his two year prison sentence which cost him the majority of the new $35 million contract he signed shortly before the now infamous nightclub incident. The New York Daily News has reported that Burress will shave 3 months off his sentence as he will be “conditionally released” on June 6th.
Burress requested and was denied early release and work release various times, but he is now eligible for conditional release after serving 6/7 of his sentence. Despite missing two full NFL seasons, his agent has indicated that at least two teams are interested in signing him for the upcoming season. Obviously, it’s his agent, so you never really know how much truth lies within agent released statements, but I would bet that multiple teams are interested in Burress.
Even though he will be 34 years old and has missed 2 full seasons, he is still 6’5″, 235 pounds and he can still make a huge difference in the NFL. While he will undoubtedly only obtain a short term (probably 1 year), heavily incentive laden contract, he will still have multiple teams from which to choose.