The rehabilitation of Plaxico Burress and his battered image has began in earnest now.
Burress and the National Urban League along with the Brady Center announced Monday that the ex-New York Giant and recently imprisoned receiver will work with both organizations to prevent gun violence. Burress spent 20 months in prison for illegally carrying a firearm into a club.
“I’m eager and excited about the next step, not knowing where it will be,” Burress said in story published by the Associated Press. “I’m dedicated to change and just being a better person.”
This all comes about as the 33-year-old Burress looks to revive his fading NFL career. And for good measure, Burress has also enlisted Tony Dungy and Magic Johnson as his mentors. Dungy has seemingly become the point man for troubled athletes after he has successfully mentored Michael Vick to rehab his image.
Burress was released from prison last Monday.
"I am very excited to see Plaxico Burress becoming involved with community service and mentoring," Dungy told ESPN.com. "I really believe he is going to have a positive impact on many people, but especially our young people, as he focuses his efforts on helping them examine their decision making and reducing gun violence. I look forward to helping him and his family in any way I can."
It will be interesting to see how much this moves Burress on the rehabilitation meter as he tries to convince teams to take a change on him and his image.
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