Mara: Burress was on road to greatness as a Giant

Plaxico Burress celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. (Ben Liebenberg /

Plaxico Burress celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. (Ben Liebenberg /

Giants president John Mara talked with Chris Russo about recently released WR Plaxico Burress on Sirius XM’s “Mad Dog Unleashed” radio show. It was Mara’s first interview since the Giants made the decision to cut Burress last week.

Mara admitted that Burress’ ability and talent made the decision a tough one, especially when you consider what the receiver meant in the team’s Super Bowl XLII championship run. Mara said what many already thought: Burress was the MVP of that Super Bowl team.

Here’s Mara’s comments, via the Star-Ledger:

    “We do not win the Super Bowl in the ’07 season without [Burress] being there. He was arguably our most valuable player. And he’s a tremendous talent and that’s the crime of it all. He really has a lot of talent. He can be one of the great players in this league. I mean, if he was able to stay here and continue his career here and stay out of trouble, there would have been billboards in Times Square with his picture on them. I think he’s that good and had that much charisma and everything. So that’s why it was a particularly tough decision for us to have to part ways. But there just comes a point in time as an organization where you have to make a decision and say enough is enough, we’ve got to move on.”

The Giants will have some big shoes to fill in Burress’ absence. The team has been rumored to be chasing Browns WR Braylon Edwards. But so far, those are only rumors.

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