Plaxico Burress caught the winning touchdown pass in Super Bowl XLII. The wide receiver caught 64 more touchdowns during an 11-year NFL career with the Steelers, Giants and Jets. He also served 22 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to gun possession charges in 2009.
Burress, 39, is now using that dramatic differentiation to send a message to players who were selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The retired receiver wrote a lengthy piece for The Players’ Tribune that warns young players of the pitfalls associated with NFL stardom.
“I know you see my name, and you probably think, ‘That’s the guy who shot himself,'” Burress writes. “Don’t lie … it’s O.K.
“I am that guy. That’s one of the reasons you should listen to me.”
Gordon decides to enter a rehab facility rather than try to return from his latest suspension. “This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person,” Gordon said as part of his follow-up statement. “I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys through this extremely challenging process.”
Browns GM Sashi Brown declares the team hasn’t ruled out bringing back Gordon whenever he’s reinstated. “We’re not in position at wide receiver to turn down a guy like Josh if we feel he’s settled himself,” Brown said. “Josh is going to have an opportunity to reapply to the NFL and at that time we’ll make a decision when we know what’s going on.”