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On a Day We Should Be Honoring Sean Taylor, Plaxico Burress Dominates the News
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Nov 30th 2008 12:00PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Giants, Redskins, NFC East, NFL Police Blotter, NFL Fans
Sean Taylor died a year ago Thursday. He was shot in his Florida home by an intruder, a senseless act that, 12 months later, still defies explanation. The Redskins, the team that drafted him fifth overall in 2004, will induct him into the Ring of Honor today, the 43rd player to receive that distinction.

Washington faces the New York Giants in an important division game this afternoon, and a win would take them to 8-4, good for second in the NFC East. Vegas has the Giants giving four points, and that line presumably reflects the news that Plaxico Burress, the NFL’s version of Barney Fife, would not play. Not because he accidentally shot himself in the leg, but because he was already listed as out with a right hamstring injury.

That Burress’ inability to not shoot himself leads the Sunday headlines, in a week when the league and its fans should be memorializing Sean Taylor, is a microcosm of his New York career. The Giants have fined and suspended Burress for any number of transgressions (and this doesn’t even include his more absurd off-field antics) and his latest act — fumbling a gun down his pants before shooting a hole in his thigh — is both symbolic and foreboding.Continue Reading

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