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There he was, in a larger-than-life picture hanging on a wall, making the catch that beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in 2008. It was a great moment for Burress, whose Giants career was over and his NFL future in doubt less than a year later.
“There’s no anger toward anybody over there,” said the Jets wide receiver, now on the other side of the New York-New Jersey-area rivalry. “Everything that happened to me, I brought it upon myself.”
The fines by the team. The disagreements with coach Tom Coughlin. His release in April 2009. The 20-month prison sentence he served for accidentally shooting himself in a Manhattan nightclub.
Some fans and media believed the Giants had a good chance of going back to the Super Bowl before that incident. They finished 12-4, but lost to Philadelphia in the divisional round of the playoffs.
“We had a really good team, there’s no doubt about it,” he said. “We definitely had some special players. We had a good thing going. It’s unfortunate that everything happened the way that it did.
“I’ve moved on.”
After he was released and looking to resume his playing career, he visited Coughlin, Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch and general manager Jerry Reese. It wasn’t so much to become a member of the Giants again, but to put his mind and conscience at peace.
“I went back more to have some closure to the situation,” Burress said Wednesday. “It was good to see (them) and be able to have an opportunity to really sit down face-to-face with them for the first time, and just tell them how much I appreciated them bringing me in and allowing my game to flourish and put me in a situation where I could have some success.
“Everything went well. It was a great meeting. Business is business, and now I’m over here.”
No longer in blue, Burress is catching passes in green these days _ still wearing that familiar No. 17 _ and will play his former team Saturday night.
“There’s not any extra added incentive or juice or whatever you want to call it,” he said. “It’s a preseason game. I have a lot of work to do personally, as far as me getting better and contributing to this football team.”
That doesn’t mean Burress isn’t excited to see some of his friends again, players who visited him while he was in prison and shared some of his greatest moments on the field.
“It’s going to be fun, man,” Burress said. “I’m still in contact with a lot of those guys. We definitely did something special.”
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