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Why We May Have Seen the Last of Plaxico Burress

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 23:  Wide receiver Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Giants takes the field for warmups for the game with the Arizona Cardinals on November 23, 2008 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Giants won 37-29.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Steve ChottCorrespondent IAugust 21, 2009

On Feb. 3, 2008 Plaxico Burress was on top of the world. He was playing in Super Bowl XLII, and had caught the game-winning touchdown catch from Eli Manning.

But soon, Burress' career would go down hill.

Before a mandatory minicamp for the 2008 season, Burress said he would not attend if he didn't get a new contract. He would show up, but not participate with the team, claiming he had an ankle injury.

Burress would get the new contract, and would play in Week One.

Everything was looking fine for Burress, as he had 18 receptions for 259 yards and one touchdown going into the Giants Week Four bye week.

But then on Sept. 24 the Giants announced they were suspending Burress for the Week Five matchup with the Seattle Seahawks for a violation of team rules.

Burress came back and caught his 500th career reception against the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 2.

But then the troubles came for Burress, a story we have heard way too often.

And then today, Burress pleaded guilty and will be in jail for two years.

Burress will be 33-years old when he goes to jail on Sept. 22, and will be 35 when he gets out.

So, have we seen the last of Mr. Plaxico Burress?

Burress has played nine seasons in the NFL, and like I said, will be 35 when he gets out. An NFL player on average plays around 10-12 seasons (unless they are named Brett Favre).

When Burress returns, he will either be suspended or have to miss a whole season just to get back in the shape he needs to be to play in the NFL.

Most teams won't be willing to take a shot on a 35-36-year-old wide receiver, let alone one who has been in jail for two years.

So on Nov. 23, 2008 against the Arizona Cardinals, we most likely saw the last of Plaxico Burress on a football field.

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