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Why Plaxico Burress Displayed More Class Than Stevie Johnson Ever Had

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 27:  Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Jets celebrates against the Buffalo Bills during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 27, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIOctober 18, 2016

It was one of the most controversial moments this week in sports. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson took a big stab at the Jets' Plaxico Burress after scoring a touchdown. Johnson’s dance came off as immature: he pretended to shoot himself in the leg, then followed this by falling on the ground, favoring the "injured" leg.

Johnson was having a big game, outplaying one of the best defenders in the National Football League in Darrelle Revis.

Burress and the Jets responded with a touchdown of their own later in the game. However, Burress’ touchdown celebration was more mature than Johnson’s.

Let’s not forget, Johnson was the same player who went on Twitter, showing his frustration, and was disappointed in himself after dropping what could have been a game-winning touchdown catch in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It is obvious that Johnson is not aware of what Burress went through. Burress’ gun incident forced him to sit behind bars, as he was sentenced to jail for two years. Burress could not be with his family nor could he play the game he loves.

For Johnson to poke fun at that shows his immaturity.

Burress’ touchdown celebration could have easily turned into him mocking Johnson. Almost anyone with emotions would have fought back, making sure Johnson had something to remember. Following his touchdown catch, Burress could have easily stared at his hands in complete shock, making fun of Johnson’s drop from last season.

Instead, he took a bow and celebrated with his fans.

In the end, Johnson learned his lesson the hard way by dropping another potential game-winner.

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