I ran into NFL player Plaxico Burress at a NYC nightlife event recently and, although he tried to protest, I had to get an exclusive interview! The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver is an author and Super Bowl champion who has been in the League since 2000. Unfortunately, he is notorious for legal problems incurred while playing for the New York Giants, including a firearms conviction that sent him to prison for two years.
It is also unfortunate that Burress tore his right rotator cuff during practice on August 8, 2013. He underwent reparatory surgery on his birthday, August 12th, and is on the Steelers' injured reserve list. The season is over for the 36-year old, and retirement rumors have been swirling. Burress has fanned the rumors himself, allegedly telling FOX Sports that this season would have been his last anyway, but telling Steelers.com, "I will see how I feel." When I spoke to Burress, he stated that his future with the NFL depended on his recovery: "I'm going to rehab and [we'll] see how my rehab goes, and maybe I'll get a feeling [of] if I want to come back and play or not. But I'm still a Steeler; I'm not retired. [My recovery] is going pretty good. I just got out of my sling... I just got of a rehab [session] today and it went good."
In Burress' 2008 book, Giant: The Road to the Super Bowl, he discusses his childhood, path to the NFL and, of course, Super Bowl XLII (during which Burress scored the winning touchdown... one of the biggest upsets in sports history). On if he is writing a second book: "Oh yeah... that was just a little sample. I have a whole lot of material just sitting on the side. I'm really trying to figure out the title of the next book, and who I'm going to collab with [to write it]. This one's going to be a lot more juicier. All the situations... I write in my journal everyday, and I've got about four years of stuff." Wishing Plax a speedy recovery and looking forward to the book!
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