Wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who played a little over two seasons with Big Blue and caught the game-winning touchdown pass in Super Bowl XLII, served a two-year prison sentence for various weapons charges. He was released in early June and recently signed with the New York Jets.
Running back Tiki Barber, a Giants legend who holds many franchise records including most rushing yards (10,449) and most rushing touchdowns (55), retired after the 2006 season but is seeking a comeback for the 2011 campaign. He has yet to sign with a team.
Both of these high-profile players should be making plenty of headlines during the upcoming season, regardless of whether they are successful in their return to the gridiron. Everyone will be anxious to see how the two fare after so much time away from the field.
Still, one of these former Giants playmakers will have a significantly more exciting comeback. Burress has a lot more going for him in terms of publicity, and not only because he's the only one of the two that currently has a job.
Here are five reasons why his return will be more fun to watch than Barber's.