The former New York Giants wide receiver recently granted the New York Daily News an exclusive jailhouse interview, his first since going to prison almost one year ago. Wayne Coffey of the Daily News writes that Burress looks fit and is keeping a positive outlook on life in anticipation of his upcoming release and hopeful return to the NFL.
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Some of the highlights from the piece:
— After twice getting denied an application for work release, Burress expects to be released from prison on June 6, 2011. He plans to immediately return to the NFL. “I’m not just going to come back and play,” he said. “I’m going to come back and play at a high level.”
— One legal source told the Daily News that half of Manhattan’s 400 public prosecutors thought Burress should have received no jail time for his felony gun possession offense, given the specifics of the crime and that it was his first brush with the law.
— Burress missed the birth of his daugther, who was born while he was in jail. He tells the Daily News that one of the most difficult parts of prison is having to answer his son’s questions about where he is and why he isn’t playing with the Giants. (Three-year-old Elijah is still a big Giants fan.)
— During his time in the yard, Burress sometimes runs routes and has fellow inmates throw him passes. They may not be as good as ones coming from Eli Manning(notes), but they can’t be much worse than the ones Burress used to catch from Kordell Stewart. “Everybody thinks they are Elway here,” he said.
— Burress has been visited in prison by Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan and gets homemade salsa sent to him by Sullivan’s mother in San Diego. He has also received letters from current team general manager Jerry Reese and former GM Ernie Accorsi.
Go read it all.