Burress: 'Pittsburgh will always be home'
having dinner with New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin, Plaxico Burress will fly to Pittsburgh to meet with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. Plaxico Burress' story began in Pittsburgh almost 11 years ago when they I can' t see a scenario that ends with Burress rejoining the Steelers. The Steelers will report today to training camp at Saint Vincent College, where some familiar faces may be missing and one more may soon.
It totally shocked me. But that is a reminder of what kind of place that it is. I spent more time there than anywhere and the relationships I formed verified that.
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Because the one feeling everyone gets with the Steelers, is the feeling of family. It will be a day I never forget. It was instant gratification getting your name called, running out on the field and being able to play professional football. I was only in college for two years. My first game I was still basically a kid. You go out and play with the likes of Jerome Bettis. Just two years prior to that I was graduating high school.
Now I was playing with guys I admired and looked up to. We played against the Dallas Cowboys my first ever preseason game. For a second you say can I play in this league at this level. I have played with some great guys and have had some great coaches.
Bruce Arians was instrumental helping my game get to the next level. With him, it was the first time I had a coach sit me down and teach me how to watch tape, the total concept of the offense.
That was probably one of my best years statistically, knowing and understanding defense, being a better route runner and knowing and understanding the game. I remember having a conversation with him my rookie year on a hot day in Latrobe and I said I think I am starting to get the hang of this thing. Him, Alan Faneca, Jerome Bettis, the list goes on.
Was that a tight group? There were no egos. We were trying to win a World Championship. We shared a lot of time outside of football. I think that is why our locker room was the way it was. Though the defending AFC champions aren't exactly hurting at wide receiver with Ward, budding star Mike Wallace and youngsters Antonio Brown and Emmanuel SandersBurress would give the passing game an added dimension.
For all their speed, Ward and company -- all 6-feet and under -- can't look the 6-foot-5 Roethlisberger in the eye. Burress, alsocan.
Burress was meeting late Saturday with the San Francisco 49ersaccording to multiple media reports. San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke would not discuss Burress or any free agents possibly visiting the team, according to the reports.
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But a source said the 49ers might emerge as the favorite, explaining "I think he will go for the dollars," according to the New York Post. A source close to Burress said Friday night that Burress has his eyes on the Philadelphia Eagleswho can deliver another monster blow to the Giants if they land Burress.
The Eagles stunned many with their signing of top free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha Friday.
Pittsburgh Steelers meet with free agent WR Plaxico Burress
The Jets would like to bring Burress to their facility for a visit, but that meeting won't happen Sunday, a source said. The Jets are looking for a No. The Jets previously met with Burress back in in South Florida when he was awaiting trial, a person familiar with that meeting told Cimini.
According to the Post-Gazette, Burress has told some of his former Steelers teammates that the San Francisco 49ers and Jets were interested in his services, but the race for the wideout is believed to be down to the Steelers and Jets. Burress spent about 90 minutes Friday evening meeting with Giants coach Tom Coughlin, general manager Jerry Reese, owner John Mara and several of his former teammates. We will see what comes out of this.