Plaxico Burress Released from Jail

Says he's ready to play again
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2011 9:54 AM CDT
Former New York Giant Plaxico Burress Released from Jail
Former New York Giants star Plaxico Burress speaks to the media moments after being released from the Oneida County Correction Facility in Rome, NY, Monday, June 6, 2011.   (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)

Plaxico Burress was released from jail today after serving almost two years, ESPN reports. The former New York Giants receiver made headlines when he accidentally shot himself in the leg with a gun in his sweatpants waistband in 2008. “I just want to thank God for bringing me through one of the most trying times in my life,” he said. “It's a beautiful day to be reunited with my family.” Will he play again? “If and when everything gets settled, when they get back on the field, I'll be ready."

As for where, “I wouldn't rule out any team, I wouldn't rule out the Giants, I wouldn't rule out any club,” says agent Drew Rosenhaus. Burress is ready to start training right away, and he’ll be “a top free agent.” Rosenhaus adds that in prison, "he did very well—push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, a lot of core strength, as much as you can imagine in this type of environment." But Giant Brandon Jacobs, a friend of Burress, said last week that “there is no chance Plaxico Burress is a New York Giant after he comes home.” He’s interested in the Philadelphia Eagles, Jacobs said. (More Plaxico Burress stories.)

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