Plaxico Burress was released from jail on June 6. Here is a timeline of his troubles off the playing field.
Compiled by Doric Sam
SUNDAY, FEB. 3, 2008: SUPER BOWL XLII
Despite a leg injury, Burress boldly predicted a Giants win over the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. He achieved some measure of "Super Bowl Legend" status by catching a 13-yard touchdown with 35 seconds remaining as the Giants took a 17-14 lead and pulled off one of the biggest upsets in sports history.
SUNDAY, OCT. 5, 2008: GIANTS BENCH BURRESS
The Giants benched Burress for the first half of the game against the Steelers for skipping a rehab session.
SUNDAY, NOV. 23, 2008: HIS LAST CATCH
Three weeks after catching his 500th career reception, Burress appeared in what would turn out to be his last game in a Giants uniform. On the first play of the game he caught a 4-yard pass, but it was called back on a penalty. He left the game with a hamstring injury and did not return.
FRIDAY, NOV. 28, 2008: THE SHOT HEARD ‘ROUND THE LEAGUE
Burress suffered an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to his right thigh in the Manhattan nightclub LQ. He was released from New York-Presbyterian Hospital the next afternoon. The following Monday, Burress turned himself in to police to face charges of criminal possession of a handgun. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Burress should be prosecuted to the fullest extent and that any punishment short of the minimum 3 1/2years for unlawful carrying of a handgun would be "a mockery of the law."
TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2008: SUSPENSION
Burress posted $100,000 bail and later reported to Giants Stadium as per team policy for injured but active players. He was then told he would be suspended without pay for the remaining four games of the 2008 regular season for conduct detrimental to the team. In addition, he was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list and was ineligible to return for the playoffs.
TUESDAY, DEC. 23, 2008: GUNS FOUND
A search of Burress' New Jersey home by the Totowa, N.J. police, the NYPD, and investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney turned up a 9mm handgun, a rifle, and ammunition and the blood-stained jeans and sneakers worn by Burress on the night of his accidental shooting.
FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2009: BURRESS RELEASED
The Giants release Burress after four seasons. "We hung in there as long as we could in hopes that there could be a resolution to this situation other than the decision we made today to release Plaxico," Giants GM Jerry Reese said. "It wasn't to be, so now we have to move on."
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2009: BURRESS TESTIFIES
In two hours of testimony in front of a Manhattan grand jury, Burress asked for sympathy, compassion and understanding. "I was truthful and I was honest, and I'm truly remorseful for what I've done," he said in a brief statement to the media.
MONDAY, AUG. 3, 2009: GRAND JURY INDICTS BURRESS
Prosecutors announce that Burress has been indicted by the grand jury on felony charges, including two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and one count of reckless endangerment in the second degree.
THURSDAY, AUG. 20, 2009: PLEA AGREEMENT
Burress accepted a plea deal that would send him to prison for two years with an additional two years of supervised release. "Unfortunately, there is no legal defense we can offer," Ben Brafman, Burress' lawyer, told the court in accepting the plea deal.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2009: SENTENCED
Burress is sentenced and he begins serving his jail term.
THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2010: STILL IN JAIL
Burress applied for and was denied a work release. In a letter opposing Burress' request, prosecutors said state officials shouldn't feel "sympathy for a man who fell so far, so fast."
SUNDAY FEB. 7, 2010: THE INTERVIEW
In an interview from prison with his former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, Burress vowed to return to the NFL and apologized to the Giants for tarnishing the organization. He said he works out about four times a week to stay in shape for a possible comeback. "It's not LA Fitness or Bally's, but I do push-ups, sit-ups," he said in the interview. "I make do."
MARCH 4, 2011: BURRESS TO BE RELEASED EARLY
Prison officials confirmed that Burress's sentence would be trimmed to 22 months for good behavior and set his release date from Oneida correctional facility as June 6.
MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011: BURRESS IS A FREE MAN
After serving nearly 21 months of a 24-month sentence, Plaxico Burress emerged from the Oneida Correctional Facility as a free man sporting a Phillies cap. "It's a beautiful day to be reunited with my family, to go home and get some quality time with them," said Burress. Drew Rosenhaus, his agent, said that the former Giants receiver is in good shape and will begin football training immediately.