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Plaxico Burress released from prison, eyes return to NFL

Nine months after helping the New York Giants stun the undefeated New England Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl, Plaxico Burress found himself behind bars after shooting himself in the thigh with a concealed handgun at a Manhattan nightclub.

After nearly two years in prison, Burress was released from the Oneida Correctional Facilty in central New York Monday morning — and naturally, many of the questions he fielded from the reporters on hand dealt with his prospects for a return to the NFL.

With the way Michael Vick performed for the Philadelphia Eagles last season — two years after his release from prison — what’s to say the 6-foot-5, 33-year-old wide receiver can’t make a similar comeback?

Well, for now, at least, the lockout. But while Plax said his first order of business is being reunited with his family, he’s still targeting a return to the field.

“I’d like to thank everybody for their prayers and words of encouragement. I’d like to thank all my fans all around the world for the thousands of letters, for their unwavering support. As far as football is concerned, if and when everything gets settled, when they get back on the field, I’ll be ready.”

Here’s video of Plaxico’s parking lot press conference:

Naturally, the Redskins are high on the list of potential suitors for the troubled wideout — because they’re the Redskins.

For tips on how to expedite the return-to-stardom process, Burress may want to check out 2010 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award winner Michael Vick’s forthcoming autobiography, Finally Free.

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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