ROME, NY - Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress has been released from a prison in upstate New York.
Burress was released from prison in Rome, New York around 9 a.m. (et) on Monday. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, greeted him in the parking lot.
Wearing a Philadelphia Phillies hat and black sunglasses, Burress made a brief statement to the media before exiting the Oneida State Correctional facility.
"It's a beautiful day," Burress told reporters. "It's a beautiful day to be reunited with my family."
For the past 20 months, Burress, who turns 34 in August, has been serving out his sentence for a felony gun possession conviction.
Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg at a New York City night club on November 29, 2008. He agreed to a plea deal for lesser firearms charges and was sentenced to two years in prison.
Released early for good behavior, Burress is expected to return to his Florida home to spend time with his wife, son and a daughter, who was born while he was in jail.
Burress, who caught the winning touchdown pass in the Giants' upset of the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, will have to wait until the NFL lockout ends to see if a team will take a chance on him.
"As far as football is concerned, if and when everything is settled and when they get back on the field, I'll be ready," Burress said.
Multiple reports have indicated that the Eagles may be interested in bringing Burress to Philadelphia to join forces with Michael Vick.
It would be quite the story if Burress landed in Philly, but not a shocker, as the Eagles took a chance with the signing of Vick in 2009. Vick spent 19 months in a federal prison after pleading guilty to federal charges stemming from a dogfighting operation conducted at a house he owned in Surry County, Virginia.
Vick now is the Eagles' starting QB and by all accounts has turned his life around.
Over his four years in New York, Burress caught 244 passes and racked up 3,681 yards with 33 TDs.
Burress joined the Giants after playing five seasons in Pittsburgh. The Steelers took Burress with the eighth overall selection of the 2000 NFL Draft out of Michigan State. The veteran of nine NFL seasons has 505 catches for 7,845 yards and 55 touchdowns.