We were 11-1, defending Super Bowl champs, beat every division leader; Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Arizona in Arizona, destroyed the Ravens defensive at home, we were the number one contenders to win the Super Bowl and repeat as champions…
Then Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg with a concealed handgun, fell victim to New York’s strict gun laws and our season was lost.
To say that I hated Plaxico after that night at The Latin Quarter nightclub in New York City was an understatement.
To me and many other New York Giants fans that one moment killed our season and the momentum that we had. Plaxico’s recklessness and lack of common sense not only hindered his career but it hindered our success.
Plax was one of if not the main catalyst behind our run to the Super Bowl the year before. He played injured, caught everything that Eli Manning threw in his direction and showed a sense of leadership that he never showed before. What was lost in that run was his dominance in below freezing temperatures in Green Bay as he caught 12 balls for over 140 yards on a bum ankle to get us to Arizona. Once we got there he came through once again on a fade from Manning that gave us a 17-14 victory and a place in history.
He was a New York legend. In this city winning a title (not to mentioning guaranteeing it the week before then proving it on the field) makes you unforgettable. Joe Namath was a mediocre QB but because of Super Bowl III he can never fail. Doc Gooden’s career flamed out due to drugs and alcohol, but we still remember Doctor K and the Mets of 86.
Plax had joined that lexicon, a hard-headed wide receiver that finally put his demons to rest to become a leader and guide us to victory. He could’ve killed the mayor and we wouldn’t have cared to be honest with you.
That was until the old Plax returned the exact next year.
Plax was back to feuding with coach Tom Coughlin, fined for immaturity and then the gun charge came and derailed his career and the Giants season.
I hated Plax. As I watched Dominik Hixon drop passes and the run game stall thanks to no deep threat I kept thinking back to that night in the LQ and it made me mad to no end. When Plax went to jail I thought good riddance, thanks for killing our season and the immediate future dude.
(Side note: sometimes as fans we get so caught up in the sport itself that we forget about life. As much as fans hated Plax imagine how his family felt with his impending sentence. I would just miss him catching passes, but his daughter would miss him as a father.
Sure Plax screwed up off of the field in terms of violating his contract and dooming his team, but he doomed his family structure for a few years. That softened my hatred for Plax because honestly the Giants could’ve found another receiver. Families just can’t find another dad, it doesn’t work like that.)
Two years have gone by and Plax was released from prison this past May. He looks like the same lanky receiver that was roaming the sidelines years earlier and was eager to return to the sidelines.
Rumors of the Eagles signing him as well as the Jets have surfaced, but there is one team that I think Plax should play for more than any others… The New York Giants.
That’s right, I want Plax back in blue wearing his number 17 and catching jump balls from Eli Manning again.
Let’s be real, when Plax and Eli were together they were a perfect match. He was Eli’s go to guy and Plax didn’t disappoint. He was a hard matchup for any defender and he and Eli exploited it every single time.
Plax is a Giant, always will be in my eyes. Sure he screwed up but that cant overshadow what he did in 2007 and how he performed in pressure situations.
He deserves a second chance and a chance to redeem himself for what happened 3 years ago and he deserves that chance in New York and not with the Jets.
I can’t believe that I’m actually writing this after being super salty towards him years ago. We were a Super Bowl contender with very few injuries, the toughest offensive and defensive lines in the game and it was clear that no one could beat us. Once the LQ incident happened and the firestorm that followed we couldn’t focus and we were done.
It was in part due to Plax and his selfishness. Now three years later he will walk into Tom Coughlin’s office and talk about the past and a possible future in New York with the Giants.
Hopefully when it’s over Plaxico Burress will return to the Meadowlands and don the number 17 in blue next season and link up with Eli again in hopes of bringing home another title.
That’s what Plax deserves, and that’s what we deserve as fans.