Not to play for the Redskins, however. The ex-Giants star and Super Bowl hero is coming here to talk about guns.
Burress is trying to get back into football after figuratively shooting himself in the foot while literally shooting himself in the leg. He has been in jail for the last couple seasons.
His jailtime came out of a November 2008 incident at a New York nightclub. He was out clubbing with New York Giants teammate and former Redskins linebacker Antonio Pierce when a gun Burress had stuffed in his pants for self-protection accidentally discharged, firing a round through his thigh and into the club floor.
Turns out Burress wasn’t licensed to carry the weapon in New York.
Prosecutors, alleging the misfired bullet almost hit a club employee after hitting Burress, threw the book at the receiver, and he caught it: Two years in a New York prison. Quite a quick fall for the guy who caught the Super Bowl winning pass from Eli Manning in the 2008 Super Bowl.
Since being released from jail, Burress has used his Q Rating to bring attention to the works of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun-control advocacy group founded by Reagan aide and John Hinckley victim James Brady and his wife, Sarah Brady.
Burress will make another appearance with the group next Friday here in D.C. to drum up interest in what the Center describes as “an extensive report on the impact of guns in sports.”
According to the group, the report resulted from studying “more than 100 cases of gun incidents in sports, highlighting athletes or coaches at every level of competition who have been wounded, killed, or who have lost loved ones, or who have had their careers and lives adversely affected by guns.”
Burress, who was cut by the Giants after he shot himself and can’t sign with any team until the NFL lockout is over, fits into that sample group.
Full release after the jump.
PLAXICO BURRESS TO ATTEND RELEASE OF BRADY CENTER REPORT ON GUNS IN SPORTS; MEET WITH LOCAL YOUTHS AFFECTED BY GUN VIOLENCE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress will attend a news conference with the Brady Center to announce the release of an extensive report on the impact of guns in sports at 10 a.m. Friday, July 8, 2011.
After being released from prison on a weapons conviction in June, Mr. Burress, who caught the winning touchdown in Super Bowl XL11, partnered with the Brady Center and Brady Campaign to join the fight to prevent gun violence.
The Brady Center report will discuss more than 100 cases of gun incidents in sports, highlighting athletes or coaches at every level of competition who have been wounded, killed, or who have lost loved ones, or who have had their careers and lives adversely affected by guns.
WHO: Brady President Paul Helmke and Plaxico Burress, Former NFL receiver with the New York Giants
WHAT: Brady Center Guns In Sports News Conference and Plaxico Burress Meeting with Local Youths to Discuss Risks and Dangers of Guns
WHEN: 10 a.m.* July 8, 2011 — News Conference; Meeting with Youths to follow
WHERE: Location Announcement Forthcoming