Former New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress has been officially released from prison. Early on Monday morning, he exited a prison in upstate New York along with his lawyer and greeted agent Drew Rosenhaus before speaking with the media.
Burress called Monday's release a "beautiful day" for him and says he'll be ready when the NFL lockout is over.
"I'd like to thank everybody for their prayers and words of encouragement," he said. "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."
Whether he'll be ready or not is yet to be decided. Burress hasn't caught a pass since November of 2008 after spending nearly two years behind bars on a gun charge. We're still in the middle of the lockout so he'll have some time to continue to get in shape in order to be ready to go whenever the lockout is lifted.
Rosenhaus told reporters he wouldn't rule out any team for Burress, including the Giants, who already released him. Of note is the fact that Burress wore a Philadelphia Phillies hat upon his release because the Eagles have been a rumored destination for him.
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