“We believe Joe has put this behind him and that he can turn into the player and community member that creates a plus for Cincinnati,” Brown wrote. “We are going to do everything in our power to make this happen.”
Brown probably means this, but he has shown he is absent of power in such a circumstance.
By the time the Vikings took the plunge, there was serious concern that the brilliant Marshall receiver draped with red flags was going to go completely undrafted. His slide has merely become part of NFL lore, and so has his career-long vengeance against the Cowboys, who he thought betrayed him by passing on him at eighth overall.
The slide by which all recent slides are measured, mainly because the Cal product was a quarterback, he was considered on par with the first overall pick (Alex Smith, by the 49ers), and because he was subject to the classic green-room waits. But everyone knew he’d landed in the perfect place, as Brett Favre’s heir apparent.
Burress later in the piece details the incident that eventually landed him behind bars; when he accidentally shot himself in the thigh at a New York City night club in 2008.
Here’s that passage in full:
“I had owned a gun since my rookie year, and I almost always had it on me. But that night, I left my house in New Jersey without my gun and met one of my teammates at an Applebee’s Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys to get something to eat. After we ate, we were going to go pick up another teammate before going into the city.