Plaxico Gets Out of Jail

Plaxico Burress thanked fans for their support and declared it a "beautiful day" Monday as he left prison after serving 20 months for illegally carrying and firing a gun at a Manhattan nightclub.

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Former New York Giants star Plaxico Burress, facing camera, is greeted by his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, after being released from the Oneida County Correction Facility in Rome, N.Y., Monday, June 6, 2011.
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Burress was released from prison after spending nearly two years behind bars on a gun charge.
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Burress now faces another grim reality -- a lockout that could jeopardize the resumption of his football career.
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Outside prison, Burress said: "As far as football is concerned, if and when everything gets settled and when they get back on the field, I'll be ready."
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As he left the Oneida Correctional Facility in upstate New York, Burress wore a Phillies hat; one of the teams rumored to be considering him is the Philadelphia Eagles.
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The former New York Giants receiver, who caught the game-winning pass in the 2008 Super Bowl, plans to return to his Florida home to spend time with his wife, son and a daughter born while he was in jail.
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"It's a beautiful day to get to be reunited with my family -- go home and spend some quality time with them," he said.
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Unlike Michael Vick, released in 2009 from a federal term for dogfighting, Burress doesn't have a league waiting to bid on his services.
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But "he will play in the NFL this year," Drew Rosenhaus, Burress' agent, said in an email to The Associated Press. "Many teams want him. He will be a top free agent. He is healthy and ready to go. He will be signed shortly after the lockout ends."
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Burress' release caps a more than three-year saga that saw yet another athlete put behind bars, separated from family and friends and losing the riches and lifestyle most only dream about.
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The lanky 6-foot-5 receiver seemingly had a career-defining moment when he caught a 13-yard pass from Eli Manning with 35 seconds to play to give the Giants a stunning 17-14 win over the undefeated New England Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl.
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