Michael Vick plans to get together with Plaxico Burress when the veteran wide receiver is released from prison in two months.
Vick, who served slightly more time in federal prison than Burress will have done in New York for a handgun conviction, can share some pointers with Burress about re-starting his life, not to mention his career in the NFL.
“I hope I can pay him a visit," Vick said, according to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. “I just want to reach out to him, talk to him. We have a good relationship . . . just congratulate him on getting through such a tough time, even though it's not the ideal situation, let him know there's plenty of optimism out there for him. I don't think his career's over by far. You look at Terrell Owens, he's 37, and playing like he's in his late 20s.”
Vick visited prison inmates in Florida last month, the first time he’s been in such a facility since he was sprung loose from Leavenworth, Kan.
“It was a great experience, great to have an opportunity to interact with a fairly young group of guys who really don't have any belief in themselves, or what they can do coming out, moving forward,” Vick said. “Just trying to instill that confidence in them, to go out and take the right approach when they're free, it was paramount for me, and I think it was for them, too.”
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