A small snippet of this interview made it into the paper today, so here's the full story from the Sirius XM fantasy draft red carpet yesterday:
Being Plaxico Burress might just mean never having to say you’re sorry.
At least that’s the sentiment from veteran Giants offensive lineman David Diehl who said that if the troubled but electric wide receiver were to find a second chance in New York he wouldn’t feel he was owed an apology.
“If he wanted to get up and talk that would be great,” Diehl said. “But me as a player, I know Plaxico, I know what type of guy he is. I’ve been with him. I’ve talked to him throughout the years. So I wouldn’t need an apology.”
Burress, who caught the winning touchdown at Super Bowl XLII, was recently released from jail after serving two years on a weapons charge. Diehl said he believes his former teammate is “a different person coming out then when he went,” and would welcome the chance to play with him again.
“Would I want him as a teammate? Without a doubt,” said Diehl, speaking to the media before a Sirius XM Radio fantasy football event in Times Square Thursday morning. “He’s a tremendous player.”
Burress is set to meet with Tom Coughlin on Friday as he searches for a new team post-incarceration.
I think that they’re going to have to discuss things obviously,” Diehl said. “Both of them are strong-willed people, both of them are going to have their own opinions. The one thing that both of them do is they both love football, they both love this game.”
But when Diehl reports to training camp Friday and gets back to that game, he’ll likely be without three longtime teammates. Two, center Shaun O’Hara and guard Rich Seubert were cut by the Giants Thursday in an effort to clear cap room. O’Hara, the NFLPA player rep during this summer’s labor negotiations and Seubert each had offseason surgeries.
“It’s tough, especially with the tight knit group that we are as an offensive line,” Diehl said. “I’m losing two brothers.”
While it’s still possible for the Giants to resign the pair, Diehl certainly talked about them in the past tense Thursday.
“Those are two great guys that I loved to death, and I couldn’t be happier getting to know them the way that I did,” he said. “But I know our team is doing what’s in the best interest right now for the team.”
The move also leaves open the strong possibility of Diehl switching from tackle to guard, something he said he would be take in stride.
“I have no idea until I come in tomorrow, but I’ve always been a team guy,” he said. “I’ve always been a team player and I’m always going to be a guy who does what’s best for the football team.”
The departures of O’Hara and Seubert also leave Diehl as the longest-tenured Giants player, along with defensive end Osi Umenyiora. But Umenyiora is expected to be a holdout at the start of camp.
Diehl said he’s spoken to Umenyiora, “but that’s a decision that he’s got to make on his own, and we’ll see (Friday).”