One of the heroes of the New York Giants Super Bowl XLII win, Plaxico Burress was sent to jail in 2008 for illegal possession of a gun.
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Former NFL receiver Plaxico Burress has been indicted in the state of New Jersey for failure to pay his taxes and faces another stint in prison if convicted.
NJ.com reported that Burress faces one count of issuing a bad check or electronic funds transfer, and one count of willful failure to pay state tax – both are third-degree charges that carry a maximum penalty of five years in state prison and a $15,000 fine. According to the report, Burress filed his 2013 income tax return with the New Jersey Division of Taxation on Oct. 20, 2014, but the electronic payment to cover the $47,903 he owed did not go through and Burress failed to respond to repeated requests to fix the issue.
The 8th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2000 NFL draft, Burress emerged as a top receiving threat in the NFL in 2001 with back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons, and finished 5th in the NFL in receiving yards in 2002. In 2004, Burress averaged an incredible 19.9 yards/reception in an injury-shortened season before signing with the New York Giants in free agency.
Burress led the Giants in receiving each of his first three years with the team and caught the game-winning TD pass from Eli Manning in Super Bowl XLII to clinch the victory over the undefeated New England Patriots to score one of the biggest upsets in the history of professional sports.
But Burress began displaying serious behavioral problems with the Giants in 2008, earning a suspension after failing to report to practice. The coup de grace for his time with the Giants came in November of 2008 when Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg at a nightclub with a gun he was carrying in his sweatpants. Burress was arrested and convicted of illegal firearms possession and spent over 20 months in prison.
Burress would miss the entire 2009 and 2010 seasons, but was signed by the New York Jets in 2011, leading the team in receiving TDs. He rejoined the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012 but caught just three passes in two seasons with the team.