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Burress eager to face Eagles

Plaxico Burress of the New York Jets celebrates

Plaxico Burress of the New York Jets celebrates after the Jets scored a touchdown against the Washington Redskins. (Dec. 4, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Many players despise playing in Philadelphia. Not Plaxico Burress.

The wideout actually enjoys doing his thing in the city where they've booed Santa Claus, among other things.

"It's one of my favorite places to play," Burress said. "It's a great atmosphere. The fans, they are Philly fans to say the least and I've played against them a few times, broke their hearts a few times and this is one of my favorite places to play because I know how they feel about me and it's always a good feeling when you get a win in that building."

So why does Philly hold a special place in Burress' heart?

"Over the years, it’s been one of those battles that I’ve had with them," he said, "
two or three last-minute touchdowns to win games. It’s just always a fun place for me, personally. I’m pretty sure the fans will boo me. They love me. They just don’t want to admit it. It’s going to be fun."

Burress is also looking forward to seeing old friend Michael Vick, whom he's known since he was about 15 years old. The two grew up in the Virginia Beach area, and Burress said he believes Vick's success after spending time in prison helped teams teams take a look at him, figuring maybe he had something left as well. 

"I talk to him about once a week now," Burress said. "We stay in contact, talk about life, football and all those kinds of things. His family will be there. Some of my family be there. For everybody back home in Tidewater and the Seven Cities, it’ll be a day where we enjoy it, we embrace it. It’s always one of those deals where when we play against each other, we have to try to outdo each other, try to outshine each other.

"It’s going to be fun for both of us, especially after everything that we have been through. We’ll just get to enjoy it. I want him to do well, but not well enough to win."

Burress is looking forward to the challenge of going up against Eagles cornerbacks Asante Samuel and Nnamdi Asomugha.

"Always, when you play against some of the elite corners in the game which Asante and Nnmadi are, you’re going to get a lot of single coverage. If we can block it up, we have guys on the outside like Tone and myself that can make plays. It’s going to be a good challenge for myself and him to go out and make plays against a team that is going to bring pressure

"But at the same time, we have to be patient on the outside, work our stuff, go out, get open and catch the ball. It’s always a challenge when you have a man standing there right in front of your face, but that’s what this league is all about, just beating the guy across from you."

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