Plaxico Burress' "Giant" Debacle

David BresslerContributor IDecember 4, 2008

New York Giants' receiver Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the right thigh while at a Manhattan nightclub Saturday morning.  Ironically, Burress was already listed to be out of the game at Washington due to a hamstring strain in the same leg.

Still to this day, no one knows why Burress was carrying a gun. 

Maybe Burress is afraid to go out without protection?  Maybe he's been playing too many hours of Grand Theft Auto?  Maybe he heard rumors of him being traded to the Oakland Raiders and he decided he'd rather be in jail than play for them?  Heck, maybe Michael Vick gave Burress a call and told him he needed a go-to wide receiver for his prison football team?

Burress, who has more suspensions than touchdowns this year, was taken to the hospital where he used the alias "Harris Smith" and told the doctor the shooting happened at an Applebees.

The Super Bowl champion New York Giants have flourished under the quote- "Do more, with less".

Future Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan retired and four-time Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey was traded to the New Orleans SaintsBig whoop! Fugghettaboutit!  Even with the absence of Shockey, the "G-Men" still managed to upset the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Before the season started, Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora faced a season ending injury.  And look at them now!  Record at 11-1, first place in the NFC, and no signs of slowing down.

Experts and fans (outside of New York and New Jersey) doubted the Giants after the losses of Strahan and Shockey, but ended up eating their own words when Eli Manning and company were uncorking champagne bottles after the upset of the New England Patriots.

Once again, the Giants will need to rely on players to produce and fill the void when a key contributor goes down.

Amani Toomer, who filled the void last season, said "I think everybody has to step up their game and pick up the slack- a lot like what happened when Shockey went down.  It is kind of the same situation and hopefully we can overcome that and have a successful season like we did last year."

Ironically, Burress has a tattoo on his back with the words "Everything happens for a reason."

I don't think a possible three to seven years in jail is what he had on his mind when he told the tattoo artist to write those words on his back. 

Burress admitted it himself, last month in an interview on Fox television when he said the following: "I'm my own worst enemy.  The things that have happened to me, I have no one to blame but myself.  That's what makes Plaxico Burress Plaxico Burress".