Plaxico Burress nearly destroyed his promising NFL career because he chose to carry a gun. Burress served two years in prison after pleading guilty to weapons charges that stemmed from an accidental shooting that occurred at a New York nightclub in 2008. During his stint in prison, Burrress was forced to spend 17 hours in solitary confinement each day.
He recently spoke about his tribulations and his future during an event held by the National Urban League in New York. Burress has teamed up with the Brady Center to shed light on the importance of preventing gun violence. He also revealed that the former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy has decided to mentor him and will serve as his life coach. Dungy also mentored Vick after his release from prison in 2009.
“Don’t judge my future by my past,” Burress told CBS News. He also said he wants to, “just grow and to just become better, and not just, you know, be a football player, but to be a champion in life.” –amir shaw