Plaxico Burress spoke in his usual monotone voice, never raising it once.
But it's not hard to see just how eager the Jets wide receiver is to play his first regular-season game since 2008 when the Jets host the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium Sunday night.
"It’s been a long time coming for me and my family and I’m just embracing it every day," Burress said today. "I can kind of feel the excitement inside as the days get closer."
Burress said he didn't obsess with a return to the football field while he was serving his 20-month prison sentence. Instead, he was more concerned with seeing his kids and being a father and husband once again.
"I thought that I would have another chance to come back and play, but going through everything that I was going through mentally at that time, I wasn’t focused on football," he said. "It was more about life and getting onto my family and those kinds of things. And then when I came home and I was able to spent some time with the family, I started concentrating more on getting myself back into pretty good physical shape."
After inking a one-year deal with the Jets for a guaranteed $3.017 million, Burress could finally start looking ahead to Sunday night's game, knowing he was indeed going to get his shot at playing in the NFL once more.
"Then when I signed to come here, it kind of became a realization that I was going to get back to play somewhere where I want to be, which was big," he said. "And now that I have that opportunity to go and play again, I’m going to be just as fired up as I can be in a long time."
The Jets, of course, are fired up to have Burress. He gives quarterback Mark Sanchez a big target, and is someone who can help improve their red zone woes.
He's also another weapon for offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to incorportate into the offense. Burress has been mostly lining up at his familiar 'X' position, but expects to start moving around once he gets a better grasp of the offense.
"It’s been great. It’s been great," Schottenheimer said of the addition of Burress. "I love working with him, the way he talks about the game. It’s been terrific. We have a great group of guys to fit in with and he’s been great. He’s been awesome. We’re thrilled he’s here.
And Burress is thrilled things are about to crank up for real.
"Just getting more and more focused each day as the week kind of builds up," he said. "Tomorrow is Friday, the last preparation day physically for myself and for everybody else to go out and be as sharp as we can and just understanding the calls. Getting to the line of scrimmage where you don’t have to think, just go out and play.
"I’m getting to that point as far as learning the offense where I can just go out and play without thinking and just kind of let your natural ability take over. I feel it as each day goes by that it’s slowly coming upon me and I’m excited along with everybody else. I know that my emotions will be high come Sunday."