Eli Manning said this morning that he believes Plaxico Burress can make a successful return to the NFL once he completes his jail sentence for illegal weapons possession. Burress said in an interview with former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, who now works for CBS, that he planned on playing again once he gets out of prison.
"I think so," said Manning in response to whether he believes Burress could return. "He’ll be  years old. He’s a young guy. He stayed relatively healthy while he played. He had a few injuries, but he took care of his body and he’s physically gifted. I’m glad to see he wants to play and I hope he gets that opportunity.”
As for former teammate Jeremy Shockey, who was traded by the Giants less than five months after Manning led the team to victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, Manning said he is happy for the Saints tight end. Shockey suffered a broken leg in December 2007 and missed the playoffs.
"I’m excited for Jeremy," Manning said. "The year we made it to the Super Bowl, he was a big part of us winning a lot of those games early on in the season. Obviously, he got hurt and didn’t get to experience the Super Bowl and play in it. He’s a good player and a tremendous competitor. I’m excited he’s getting an opportunity to play in the game."