Sympathy Or Stupidity? Former NFL Star Plaxico Burress Gets 2 Years For Gun Charges

Can Other Players Learn From Plaxico's Sad, Lonely Tale? NFL Sure Hopes So: “Thomas Georgeby Thomas George

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Plaxico BurressA former Giants teammate who spoke with Plaxico Burress hours before he was sentenced to two years in prison on gun charges Tuesday said that Burress told him it was ‘just beginning to dawn on me I am going in.”

As has often been the case, Burress got it late. Way too late. Executives from the Steelers (where Burress played from 2000-2004) and Giants (2005-2008) painted a similar picture of their time with Burress.

Even so, the league office and each NFL team took notice of Burress clinging to his son before walking that lonely plank into confinement — they did not have to know him well to feel compassion and concern. Or to use this as one more tool to educate their players on guns and football, how the mix is not natural. Only with education and responsibility can both co-exist. That is the NFL’s continued mantra.

They know the next NFL gun case will surface.

Can Other Players Learn From Plaxico’s Sad, Lonely Tale? NFL Sure Hopes So originally appeared on Fanhouse NFL Blog on Thu, 24 Sep 2009 15:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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