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NFL WR Plaxico Burress to be released from prison on June 6: Fan reaction
On June 06, 2011, Plaxico Burress(notes) will be released from prison. In September 2009, Burress was sentenced to two years in prison for violating New York City's gun laws. But he will soon be a free man. It will be interesting to see where Burress goes from here.
At just 33 years of age, Burress can still be an impact player in the NFL. In comparison, wide receiver Terrell Owens(notes) had excellent years with the Dallas Cowboys in his mid-30s. The layoff from the NFL can be overcome as well. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick(notes) returned from a prison sentence and regained his form in 2010. Burress can make a similar comeback, but a lot will depend on how much Burress wants to play football.
Some feel that if Burress does return to the NFL, it won't be with his former team the New York Giants. Starting Giants left tackle David Diehl(notes) thinks Burress would be better off with a fresh start on a new team. Coming back to the Giants would be tough for Burress. His demise with the team is still fresh on everyone's minds. The players, coaches and fans still remember how Burress left the Giants two years ago. The tough New York media won't hold back their questions either. A new situation would make it easier for Burress to move on.
Burress had the best year of his career in 2007. That was the season before he got in trouble by shooting himself in the leg. Burress can be that player again. The question is whether or not he learned his lesson while in prison. If he wants to resurrect his career, he will have to work harder than he ever has. He will have to conduct himself better than he ever has. He will also have to prove to some NFL team that he is worth the risk.
Edwin Torres has been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys since the days of Tony Dorsett and Roger Staubach. He enjoyed watching the Dallas teams of the 90s dominate opponents on both sides of the ball. Living in New Jersey, he is sandwiched between Giants and Eagles fans. But that has never deterred him from being a fan of America's team.
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