Just Shut Up and Play Football, Plaxico Burress!
When people think about Plaxico Burress, they typically think of him in terms of Michael Vick. Can he get on the field, produce, keep his mouth shut, and stay out of trouble long enough to prove to everyone that he’s serious like Vick did? I don’t know about production or staying out of trouble, but ol’ Plaxico sure seems to have a problem closing his mouth. In a recent interview with Men’s Journal, he spilled all kinds of beans about his time with the New York Giants and his concerns and complaints about certain Giants personnel.
Like any good player who wants to be trusted on his new team, he started out criticizing his former head coach, Tom Coughlin.
“He’s not a real positive coach. You look around the league, the Raheem Morrises and Rex Ryans—when their player makes a mistake, they take ‘em to the side and say, ‘We’ll get ‘em next time.’ But Coughlin’s on the sideline going crazy, man. I can’t remember one time when he tried to talk a player through not having a day he was having.”
Burress didn’t stop there, either. The team he let down with his actions caught more flack from the receiver because he didn’t get prison visits from his coach nor his quarterback, Eli Manning.
“I was always his biggest supporter, even days he wasn’t on, ’cause I could sense he didn’t have thick skin. Then I went away, and I thought he would come see me, but nothing, not a letter, in two years. I don’t want to say it was a slap in the face, but I thought our relationship was better than that.”
Due to his antics, the team wasn’t too fond of Burress, in the first place, on top of which is the fact he got himself removed from the team with a bullet in his leg. This is probably why they chose not to visit him. But this is all water under the bridge—he needs to allow himself to let go and move on.
He’s got a lot to prove. And the experience does seem to have caused him to grow up, as evidenced by what he told the new guys at this year’s rookie symposium:
“I told them, 10 years ago I was sitting where you’re at and not trying to hear this sh–. But I threw away $12 million these last two years, and half of you will never even see that. I made a choice and lost everything: my contract, my Nike deal, and the birth of my daughter. That ain’t some dude talking; it actually happened.”