August 26, 2010
Former New York Giants punter Jeff Feagles(notes) told Sports Illustrated that Plaxico never paid for the No. 17 jersey the receiver purchased from him after joining the team in 2005. Feagles had negotiated the deal with Plaxico's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and the two reached an agreement: Plaxico got No. 17 in exchange for paying for some of Feagles' housework. It worked out perfectly, except for one little detail:
"I never got paid for it. I asked [Burress] for it. Every time I went to Drew he said, 'That's between you and Plax.' Bottom line, I never got paid. He basically stole my number."
Rosenhaus wouldn't comment about the incident and Plaxico is, uh, unavailable to provide any comment, as he's finishing out a two-year jail sentence for violating New York's firearms laws.
Neither player had any special connection to No. 17. Feagles had selected the number the previous year because it was his 17th in the league, while Plaxico wanted it because he had signed on March 17. Feagles had sold his number once before. In 2004, Eli Manning(notes) got the punter's No. 10 in exchange for funding a Feagles family vacation to Florida.
This time though, the barter system failed. In the saddest twist of all, Feagles had to pay out of his own pocket for renovations to his outdoor kitchen. Just like out of a Dickens novel.
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