Plaxico Burress is one tough dude
Former New York Giants’ wide receiver Plaxico Burress was a guest on Bleacher Report’s Untold Stories and revealed that he played through a torn ankle ligament and a sprained knee to help Big Blue win Super Bowl 42.
Burress said it started during training camp of the 2007 season when he favored his right ankle after having bone spurs removed from his left ankle during the offseason. He went up for a pass in camp and heard a noise when landing on his right foot.
Burress then ended up missing all of the preseason and training camp and during the Giants’ week two game against the Green Bay Packers, cornerback Al Harris ended up stepping on Burress’ foot which snapped one of his tendons in half, which led to him having no stability in his foot or ankle.
Once the Giants had found out how serious Plax’s injury is, former general manager Jerry Reese and owner John Mara asked him to only play on Sunday’s and not practice during the week.
Then the week leading up to the Super Bowl Burress sprained his MCL getting out of the shower. So he had a bum ankle and a bad knee heading into the biggest game of his life. Check out the video below to hear the full story from Burress himself.
It’s really interesting that no one else on the team knew about Burress’ ankle. I’ve never played in the NFL, so I don’t know why he couldn’t just tell the coaches and his teammates so everyone could be on the same page. You would think that at least Tom Coughlin knew as the head coach.
Burress ended up with 70 receptions for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns in a season where he didn’t practice. Simply amazing.
During the Super Bowl itself, Burress recorded two catches for 27 yards and the most important touchdown of his career.