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Plaxico harbors no anger toward Giants, feels he got closure

New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress catches

New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress catches a pass during practice in Florham Park. (Aug. 11, 2011) Photo Credit: Joe Epstein

Plaxico Burress isn't fuming mad at the Giants, bothered they let him go in the aftermath of his shooting incident.

"Not at all. Not at all," the wide receiver said after this morning's walkthrough. "There was no anger toward anybody over there. Everything that happened to me, I brought it on myself. There was no anger towards anybody."

But Burress, who'll play against the Giants in Saturday's preseason matchup despite some back soreness, sounds as if he wasn't totally enamored with re-signing with his old team the way it was initially portrayed. He met with the Giants on Aug. 1, touring the facility and speaking with the team's top brass, like coach Tom Coughlin, GM Jerry Reese and co-owners Steve Tisch and John Mara.

There was thought the Giants were one of the teams Burress was hotly considering, along with the Steelers and 49ers. However, he indicated that meeting was more about tying together some old loose ends more than anything. 

"I went back for more to have some closure to the whole situation," said Burress, who served 20 months in prison for a weapons violation. "It was good to see Jerry Reese, John Mara, Steve Tisch, to be able to have an opportunity to sit down with them face-to-face for the first time, and just tell them how much I appreciated them bringing me in and allowing my game to flourish and put me in a situation where I can have success.

"Everything went well. It was a great meeting and business is business and now I’m over here."

Burress said he simply wanted some new surroundings, a different environment to call his own. With the way Rex Ryan runs things, Burress felt it was a no-brainer.

"Personally, I needed a fresh start," Burress said. "If I wanted to go somewhere and get more money, I could have went a couple of more places and signed a two or three year deal, different things like that. But I just wanted to put myself in a situation to go somewhere fresh, have an opportunity to play for a great head coach in Rex and a great team.

"I feel I’m in the right place. Every day we walk through this door, the object is to win a world championship. I’m happy here, I feel I’m at home and I’ve made the right decision. I’m just happy I’m playing football."

And he'll be doing so come Saturday at MetLife Stadium despite experiencing a little soreness in his back, something that first crept up in yesterday's afternoon practice. Of course, it comes on the heels of the sprained left ankle injury that sidelined him for nearly two weeks.

But he's not fazed in the least.

"I wouldn’t quite call it an injury," Burress said. "It’s not nothing that’s going to keep me out of practicing. It’s part of football and getting banged up and bruising and things like that. You’ve got to expect these things. It’s not like walking into 7 Eleven and buying a Slurpee. I think I’ll be all right."

He also said he'll be all right with any reaction he gets from Giants fans on Saturday, given it's a Giants home game.

"I’m really not too concerned about it," he said. "I’m going to go out and have fun. I’m doing this everyday with a smile on my face, with a new attitude. It’s football. I’m happy to be back doing it. Like I said, we did some great things over there. I have some good friends. I still have some Giants fans over there.

"So I’m not really quite sure and it really doesn’t bother me. I’m just happy to be playing."


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