In Giant, Plaxico Burress takes you into the locker room, onto
the practice field, and into the huddle, providing a
flat-out-honest look at life on and off the field with the New York
Giants and at the making of a champion.
Throughout the 2007 season, Plaxico battled near-crippling
injuries, and despite rarely practicing, being heavily bandaged,
and on serious painkillers, he led the New York Giants in
receptions, yards, and touchdowns. He continued to play through
pain in the playoffs, only to be further injured before Super Bowl
XLII. Playing the arrogant Patriots--who were inviting the Giants
to their victory party before the game was over--Plaxico concealed
a significant injury that might have changed the outcome of the
game if the Pats had known.
When he first joined the Giants, Plaxico expected to be the
go-to guy for the young quarterback Eli Manning. What he didn't
expect was the media and fan scrutiny that was heaped on Manning as
they battled to win games.
What Plaxico also didn't expect was the difficult relationship
he had with head coach Tom Coughlin, who was a stickler for
discipline and who would fine players for even the mildest
offenses. For five years Plaxico had played for the laid-back Bill
Cowher and the Pittsburgh Steelers. In contrast, within weeks of
joining the Giants, Plaxico and Coughlin were butting heads, and
the fines followed.
But there to make things a little easier were friends like
Jeremy Shockey and Amani Toomer, nearly polar opposites. With
Shock, everything was always full-tilt and his mouth would usually
get him into trouble. Toomer was the easygoing elder statesman--at
times absentminded, but a brilliant receiver.
And in 2007, Manning, with Plaxico's advice and support, would
rise above the scrutinizing media and come into his own, and Coach
Coughlin would relax his grip somewhat and let the team breathe.
The results were obvious.
It's all here. The ups and downs, the trash-talking, the sweat
and blood, and what it takes to be the best.
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