Plaxico Burress is Not a New York Giant

Kevin PapaCorrespondent IApril 2, 2009

LEBANON - JANUARY 14: New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress warms his hands as he arrives at the Lebanon County Courthouse January 14, 2009 in Lebanon, Pa.  Burress is scheduled to appear in a civil trial in a dispute with an automobile dealer over what he owes in damages to a vehicle supplied to him by the dealership. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

Over the course of the numerous generations and seasons of the National Football League, few teams, if any, have the history and legacy of the New York Football Giants. Through those years they have had spectacular players, outstanding coaching, and have been the cornerstone of success in the NFL.

Almost every player would kill for a chance to play for the storied Giants, from their systematic ways of successful football year in and year out, or just the tremendous respect they have from every coach, commentator, or player.

Most of the players respect the uniform they put on every game, and are mature enough to deal with opposition or issues in a mature fashion. Tom Coughlin deserves respect and he gets it from every player on the Giants roster.

All, with the exception of Plaxico Burress.

Ever since he was acquired from the Steelers in free agency four years ago, he has showed tons of talent and potential even at his old(er) age. But, his attitude has not changed since he was 13.

Plaxico Burress is in it all for himself, and if someone else goes down for his profit, so be it.

He has always had a questionable persona around him, changing for no one, including his teammates and coach. He was finally caught in the act, ranging from the domestic abuse allegations and the unregistered handgun he shot himself with in the nightclub.

The law should not distinguish between a 45-year-old electrician illegally carrying a gun or a celebrity who decided he would blatantly ignore the law.

New York Giants are known to be respected, revered, and mature. Burress should not even be considered with these players, and continues to disappoint. If he came back next season, he would just find a way to ruin it once more. 

Plaxico may wear the Giants jersey, but his career with them is emblazoned with attitude problems and the "all for myself" persona. If you ask me, jail is his rightful home for the next three years.

Do you think Burress deserves a third chance?