Plaxico Burress Partners With NUL on Anti-Violence Programs
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Plaxico Burress will work with the National Urban League and Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence after spending nearly two years in prison on a weapon-possession charge.
The 33-year-old former New York Giants receiver said Monday that he would be mentored by Magic Johnson and Tony Dungy through the Brady Center. He'll volunteer with Urban League youth programs and recruit other pro athletes. He says he has "an opportunity to make a difference."
Burress caught the winning touchdown in the 2008 Super Bowl. Nine months later, his unlicensed handgun accidentally went off in a Manhattan nightclub, striking his thigh. He was released from prison last Monday. Burress hopes to play in the NFL again, and his agent has spoken with several teams.
This is definitely a step in the right direction for Burress, who must work to rebuild his personal and professional lives. Kudos to Dungy for stepping up again to help a troubled ex-NFL player stay on the right track. The NUL continues to show its commitment to the community by turning a bad situation into a great opportunity for Burress to be a better man for his family and the community.
Magic Johnson offering his help to Burress is also admirable. Let's hope that Burress will be a great reflection on his family and these icons on his road to recovery.
Read more at the Wall Street Journal.