Buyer beware with Burress

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National Football League wide receiver Plaxico Burress will finally be released from jail on Monday after receiving a two year sentence for possession of a loaded unregistered firearm.

So, with Burress finally back on the free agent market buyers should be aware.

According to the Associated Press, via Pro Football Talk, Burress’s agent Drew Rosenhaus has stated that many teams want him.  If that is the case then many teams must be smoking some wacky tobaccy, because Burress skills should be rusty.

Yeah, Burress physically will be in shape from being able to weight lift like many other teammates.  However, his receiving skills should have taken a hit.

I understand that there are pickup football games that Burress would have been able to play in and keep his skills sharp. The thing is though there is no replacement for actual practicing with an actual quarterback and being in actual National Football League games.

When former boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was released in jail it was obvious right from the onset that some of his skills diminished in prison.

In the end, with Burress being 34 in August Rosenhaus can pump up his client all he wants, but the fact of the matter is Burress isn’t the same man and teams know it.

The aftermath

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Football no matter what level of organized play can leave a person’s life changed when it’s over.

So, here is a look into the aftermath.

Football has left me physically disabled as a result of a injury I sustained on the field. The injury was a disc bulge in the vertebrata near my hips and due to this I developed osteo arthritis in that area.

With arthritis I cannot work most jobs as I cannot lift over 30 pounds. Also, I cannot stand for more than a hour without having to sit due to pain.

Also, due to many concussions my brain has been affected, which has effected chemicals as well.

At a mere age 32-years-old I have to put on androgel for low levels of testosterone. I also suffer from anxiety, depression and memory problems.

To be honest, what has me worried the most are the memory problems. Most of the time memory problems comes in the form of forgetting tasks and where I put stuff. However, there has been more serious incidents as a couple time I have completely forgotten where I am even though I am in a area I am familiar with.

In the end, hopefully college and high school teams will follow the National Football League and start clamping down on dangerous hits and the mentality of playing injured.