Plaxico Burress Released From Prison
Ex-New York Giant Plaxico Burress was released from prison on Monday after serving almost two years on a gun charge.
Burress was released from the Oneida Correctional Facility in central New York around 9 a.m. EST, and briefly spoke with reporters outside of the prison sayings, "I just want to thank God for bringing me through one of the most trying times in my life."
"It's a beautiful day. It's a beautiful day to be reunited with my family. I want to go home and spend some quality time with them."
"I'd like to thank everybody for their prayers and words of encouragement," he continued. "I'd like to thank all my fans all around the world for the thousands of letters, for their unwavering support. As far as football is concerned, if and when everything gets settled, when they get back on the field, I'll be ready."
Burress, 34, is looking to follow in the footsteps of NFL quarterback Michael Vick, and return to the National Football League after serving his time in prison.
"I wouldn't rule out any team, I wouldn't rule out the Giants, I wouldn't rule out any club," Burress' agent Drew Rosenhaus said of his client's chances of returning to the New York Giants. "I really won't talk about specific teams because I don't want to hurt his position. As far as the Giants, my personal opinion is he wouldn't rule them out. I certainly wouldn't."
"We are going to be open to all 32 teams," Rosenhaus continued. "Ultimately this will be Plax's decision, not mine. I am here to help him pick the best spot and get the very best contract. And that is what we will do."
Plaxico Burress was sentenced to two years in prison in September 2009 after accidentally shooting himself in a New York nightclub and pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.
Burress won a Super Bowl championship with the Giants in 2008. He missed the last two NFL seasons.
The NFL wide receiver plans to return to his Florida home to spend time with his family, and begin training to rejoin the NFL.
Burress will not face any additional punishment from the NFL, and can sign with any team, pending the league's lockout.