Saturday, September 10, 2011
Opposing voice: Plaxico Burress
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- Plaxico Burress will be playing in his first game since Nov. 23, 2008 when he lines up against the Cowboys on Sunday.
Burress spent two years in prison on gun charges and chose to make his return to the NFL with the other team that calls the Meadowlands home, the New York Jets. Perhaps it helps that Burress will see a familiar team in the Cowboys.
In nine games against the Cowboys (eight with the Giants, one with Pittsburgh), Burress recorded 36 catches for 494 yards and six touchdowns. The last time he faced the Cowboys in a season opener he had eight catches for 144 yards and three touchdowns on Sept. 9, 2007.
“I mentioned to LaDainian [Tomlinson] that the atmosphere for this game I really believe it’ll be just as close to a Super Bowl as you can get,” Burress said. “Sunday night football, it’s the first Sunday night game of the year, then it’s against America’s Team and 9/11 and all those things. It’s going to be a great atmosphere. It’s just going to be a fun game to play in.”
Burress, who is still bothered by an ankle injury, is ready for his return to the NFL.
“I don’t think a lot of people really look at the fact I’m going against a guy named Darrelle Revis every day,” Burress said. “I’m just getting my game back to where it needs to be. I couldn’t find a better place for me to come in and contribute and hopefully have an impact with Mark [Sanchez], Santonio [Holmes], Shonn Greene and LT and for me to be able to play against the best cornerback tandem every day, it’s helped me get back to where I need to be.
“I’m not worried as far as the game. I’m just concentrating on my fundamentals, catching the ball, looking it in, be where I’m supposed to be and try to gather the concept of the offense. Football is going to be football. I expect to be sore but when we buckle the helmet and kick the ball off those last two years, it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. I’m going to be excited.”