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Former Giants Star Plaxico Burress Released From Prison

Plaxico Burress
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You remember him as the receiver who caught the game winning touchdown in the Giants stunning upset of the Patriots in the Super Bowl.  You may also remember him as the fellow who shot himself in the leg with an illegally concealed weapon at a New York nightclub.

Plaxico Burress left the Oneida Correctional Facility earlier today in New York after serving nearly two years. He pleaded guilty in August 2009 to attempted criminal posession of a weapon, and sentenced to two years.  He was released three months early for good behavior.  Now begins the uncertainty of where, and even if, he will return to the NFL.  With the NFL still on lockout with the owners/players dispute, Burress plans to step up workouts in hopes of returning to the league when the labor issue is settled. Working in his favor is the successful return of Michael Vick, who served a slightly longer prison term for his role in a dogfighting scheme.  Vick went on to take the Phildelphia Eagles starting quarterback job and was viewed by many as the NFL Comeback Player of the Year for 2010.

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