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Plaxico Burress Discusses Super Bowl XLII and the Gunshot That Changed Everything: Video

July 24th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

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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4 Responses to “Plaxico Burress Discusses Super Bowl XLII and the Gunshot That Changed Everything: Video”

  1.  Krow says:

    At least he gets it. Now if he’d only go away for a while. Like 5 or 6 years.

  2.  Dirt says:

    Plax is a legend. For sure, he made us have a legit offense where otherwise it might not have clicked. There might not be Eli and Coughlin right now without him. They may have not been given the time to get it together. And certainly they wouldn’t have won XLII without him.

    2008 was the best season in 25 years. They crushed everyone, including all the teams in the conference championship round. There is no doubt they would have won that year. They would have been 18-1 champs, not 18-1 chumps. It’s too bad.

  3.  T-Thom97 says:

    ugh…. I don’t wanna think about it….its still to soon even though we won another one after he left. plax was a beast though. one of my favs but he was a headache and took plays off. thought we found the answer in Nicks…ugh we see how that turned out.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    I forgave Plax for “the incident” a long time ago because it was the result of his immaturity and irresponsibility (and because I will insist to my dying day that even without him that 2008 team should have won the championship if not for miserable coaching down the stretch, most obviously from the thankfully departed Kevin Gilbride whose game plan in January against the Eagles may have been the stupidest I’ve seen in over 60 years of watching football). It was a bit harder to forgive him for his post-Giants comments and the way he behaved toward Coughlin.

    And even in this interview he comes off as someone who still doesn’t quite get that he put other people’s lives in danger when he carried around that gun and had it go off in a crowded nightclub. But he was never a “thug” or a really bad kid. He was just narcissistic and careless, as are many top athletes. And he got caught in the klieg lights of a political campaign and a zealous prosecutor who could have shown mercy but really didn’t.

    Someday, though, Giants fans will remember him for simply one thing: that catch in the end zone and the incredible jolt of pure joy that it shot straight through each and every one of us.

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