Super Bowl XLII was a tremendous time to be a fan of the New York Giants and a once in a lifetime opportunity for players who had the honor of wearing that jersey. It's for that reason the face of wide receiver Plaxico Burress lights up whenever the topic surfaces. Unfortunately, with that generally comes the guilt associated with what happened a year later. And in a rare interview with Vice Sports, Burress discussed the elation of a Super Bowl XLII victory and the overwhelming guilt associated with the single gunshot that changed his life and the Giants' 2008 fortunes.
"Life changes courses swiftly," Burress said as his smile fades from his face. "I made a bad decision and I paid the price for it. … Everyone would have loved to see how good we would have been had that not happened. We were 11-1 at the time and I think we would have won another Super Bowl.
"I beat myself up over that because I was basically the factor on the team that helped us get to where we were. I let my teammates down during that time."
Burress admits he doesn't like to look back on it purely from a guilt standpoint, adding that "you never know what could have happened." Unfortunately, what did happen is that the Giants finished the season with a 12-4 record and were promptly bounced from the playoffs with 23-11 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
It will forever be remembered as the one that got away, and that's clearly something that does not sit well with Burress. His shame and guilt are obvious on his face and in his voice, but time goes on. The hope is that fans will eventually find their way toward forgiveness, but that still seems like it could be quite a ways away.
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